National Blueprint? Report Details Reasons for New U. Wisconsin Abortion Center

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

National Blueprint? Report Details Reasons for New U. Wisconsin Abortion Center

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 18
, 2009

Madison, WI ( — In what could become a national blueprint for expanding abortion, a new report issued by leading pro-life advocates exposes the financial and political reasons the University of Wisconsin opened up a new abortion business. Other leading universities could file suit as abortion businesses close.

The story line from Wisconsin goes something like this: after a second-trimester abortion practitioner retired, staff at UW Hospital decided on their own to open an abortion business within the university.

But an email exchange that went on for months between abortion practitioners Caryn Dutton of Madison and Fredrik Broekhuizen of Milwaukee and staff at UW Hospital in Madison paints a very different picture.

The emails reveal the incredible motivations and internal politics surrounding the venture to perform late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center.

In an opinion piece appearing in today’s Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel newspaper, Wisconsin Right to Life executive director Barbara Lyons reveals the profit-motive behind the new abortion business.

Lyons also reveals how those involved admitted they wish to make abortions "mainstream" by forcing them into a surgery center where people go for routine outpatient procedures.

"The UW Hospital and Clinics, Meriter Hospital and the Madison Surgery Center recently approved such a venture. The second trimester abortion program was discussed for months, shrouded in secrecy," Lyons explains.

Now, some of that information has been made public and Lyons says it is inconsistent with the information provided to pro-life groups and the media from UW spokesmen.

As reported, the Associated Press obtained information that listed "increased departmental revenue" at the top of the "benefits" slide for the new abortion center.

Lyons says UW Hospital spokesperson Lisa Brunette backtracked and said that was never a consideration in putting the new UW abortion business together.

However, emailed obtained through open records laws shows that the UW staff and abortion practitioners wanted to move the second-trimester abortions to the Madison Surgery Center because Dutton would otherwise have to obtain permission from Planned Parenthood to do them.

As Lyons notes, "Dutton wrote in a Nov. 20, 2008, e-mail to Fredrik Broekhuizen, Planned Parenthood’s Milwaukee abortionist, that ‘and most importantly the support/approvals needed through PPFA at a time when the confidence in our ab(ortion) service provision was very LOW.’"

"In other words, Dutton’s own abortion practice up to 19 weeks is so sleazy that even national Planned Parenthood doesn’t have confidence to expand it to 22 weeks," Lyons explained.

An email from Broekhuizen to Dutton on November 22 explains the political motivations.

"It is my very strong feeling that we need to safeguard hospital base abortion practices," he says. "I really think that the Madison physician community should step up to the plate as advocates.

Lyons also notes the hypocrisy in that supporters indicated to the media that the abortions were needed for medical reasons but the email indicates that 75 percent of them are done for elective reasons.

Lyons concludes: "We live in a morally sick society when our supposedly ‘finest’ medical professionals promote, rationalize and carry out the destruction of our young. What a disservice we do to women when the solution we offer is to destroy their children."

Read the full report.

Related web sites:
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