Wisconsin Pro-Life Advocates Gather Saturday to Protest UW Abortion Center

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 29, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Wisconsin Pro-Life Advocates Gather Saturday to Protest UW Abortion Center

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 29
, 2009

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — Several pro-life groups are coming together for a rally on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin to protest a new plan by University of Wisconsin officials to begin doing abortions. The plan has UW doctors doing abortions at the Madison Surgery Center.

The groups don’t want to see UW Hospitals and Clinics, the UW Medical Foundation and Meriter Hospital opening up a second-trimester abortion facility.

Matt Bowman, a pro-life attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund will be on hand for the event. ADF is the group that initially exposed the plan for the new abortion center after a local abortion practitioner who did second-term abortions retired.

Bowman tells LifeNews.com that, despite assurances from a UW spokeswoman, he believes the plan compels unwilling employees to aid or participate in abortions.

That, he says, would violate their religious conscience rights and may constitute an unlawful state funding of abortion.

“Christians and other pro-life medical students and staff should not be forced to lay aside their beliefs at any publicly funded institution,” said Bowman.

“Pro-life employees should not be coerced to violate their conscience by participating in the killing of preborn, developed babies. Because the university’s plan is morally and legally flawed, it should be abandoned immediately," he told LifeNews.com on Friday.

The rally comes just weeks after ADF attorneys sent a letter to the UWHC president and CEO, urging her to abandon the plan, which would create a full-service second-trimester abortion practice at the Madison Surgery Center.

Bowman also worries that University of Wisconsin medical residents would likely be expected to train and take part in the second-trimester abortions.

"In recent years, UWHC researchers have experimented on almost fully-formed body parts obtained from second-trimester abortions performed nearby, and now all of those abortions would be performed in UWHC’s joint venture," he explained. "The plan would also include the abortion of disabled babies that already occurs at Meriter Hospital."

Organizations sponsoring the pro-life rally and march also include Vigil for Life, Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Council, Wisconsin Right to Life, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison.

Officials will not publicly name the physicians involved in the new abortion plan, but LifeNews.com learned that UW Health physician Caryn R. Dutton, of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department, will do the late-term abortions.

Dutton is also affiliated with Meriter Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital.

About 8,000 Wisconsin women get abortions every year and 18 percent came in the thirteenth week of pregnancy or later.

ACTION: Contract the Madison Surgery Center at https://www.madisonsurgcenter.org or [email protected] and urge strong opposition to the new plan to do abortions.

Also contact Donna Katen-Bahensky, President and CEO, UW Hospital and Clinics at (608) 263-6400, Jeffrey Grossman, MD, President and CEO, UW Medical Foundation at (608) 263-7013, and Jim Woodward, President and CEO, Meriter Hospital at (608) 417-6000.

Related web sites:
Alliance Defense Fund – https://www.telladf.org
Wisconsin Right to Life – https://www.wrtl.org

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