Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Will Open New Abortion Facility

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 2, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Will Open New Abortion Facility

by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
January 2, 2004

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will open its new facility on the east side of Madison on January 12. The facility is located near the Truax campus of Madison Area Technical College.

In addition to family planning, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, the 6,500-square-foot facility will also provide on-site medical and surgical abortions, as well as a residency training program.

The new center will be the only facility to offer medical and surgical abortions in south central Wisconsin, according to Hobbins. Planned Parenthood operates three of the six abortion facilities in Wisconsin, with the other two located in Milwaukee,
and another in Grand Chute, in the Appleton area.

According to Barbara Lyons, president of Wisconsin Right to Life, Planned Parenthood’s decision to open a clinic in Madison follows the "notorious" abortion practitioner Dennis Christensen’s loss of his lease to operate out of Meriter Hospital in Madison.

Christensen, who will be operating the new facility for Planned Parenthood, has been an abortion practitioner for years in Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

"We looked at all of Dane County and, demographically, this site on Madison’s east side turned up to be a very underserved area of the city where people are either uninsured or underinsured, and they’re without easy access to health care," said Deborah Hobbins, an assistant regional vice president for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Liz Osborn, Executive Director of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County, told LifeNews.com her organization has already planned to build a 10-bedroom maternity home just down the road from Planned Parenthood’s newest facility. Care and services will be provided 24/7, without charge.

"Women don’t come to Care Net because they are looking for subsidized birth control. Women come to Care Net because they already suspect they might be pregnant, and they’re feeling overwhelmed and in need of confidential and compassionate care," Osborn explained. "Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County believes that true compassion extends beyond the 10 minutes on the abortionist’s table.

"For nearly 18 years, we’ve listened to women and heard firsthand their stories that abortion can cause more problems than it claims to solve. Women and men are looking for alternatives and choices beyond ending the life of their unborn child," Osborn said. "Women don’t need abortion to become full participants in our society."

Planned Parenthood is erecting a memorial in the lobby of their new facility to the late Dr. Elizabeth "Liz" Karlin, who pro-abortion advocates are hailing as a hero of their movement.

"Liz was an activist physician, and she was considered a national spokeswoman for why reproductive health care — including abortion — is so critical to women being full participants of our society," says Martha Vukelich-Austin, co-chair of the capital campaign to build Madison’s newest health center.

There are about 700 names on the memorial, recognizing donations of $100 or more.

Related web sites:
Wisconsin Right to Life – https://www.wrtl.org