University of Wisconsin Staff May Have to Participate in Late-Term Abortion Care

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 28, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

University of Wisconsin Staff May Have to Participate in Late-Term Abortion Care

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 28
, 2009

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — University of Wisconsin health officials have responded to a series of ads Wisconsin Right to Life is running about how UW will be doing late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center. In an email to employees, UW officials say they may be forced to participate in the abortions or follow-up care.

The Wisconsin Right to Life ads have been exposing information contained in internal emails between various UW officials regarding the late-term abortion plan at the Madison Surgery Center.

The emails were obtained through an open records request.

Now, Wisconsin Right to Life has obtained an email sent yesterday by Pete Christman, UWMF Executive Director to various UW officials regarding Wisconsin Right to Life’s most recent ads appearing in the Wisconsin State Journal.

"Christman’s email yesterday to his squeamish colleagues attempts to quell their discomfort but instead, he has reinforced the facts that we have been bringing to the publics attention," Wisconsin Right to Life legislative director Susan Armacost told LifeNews.com.

Christman states employees would be forced to participate in "emergency" follow-up medical care for women who are victimized in a botched abortion, though the email does not define an emergency.

That concerns Wisconsin Right to Life as UW officials are essentially acknowledging the "inherent danger of the procedure" of a late-term abortion.

"Because UW has not defined ’emergency,’ they will be able to define any abortion as an emergency and force employees to participate in an expanding number of circumstances," the group adds.

WRTL accuses UW of refusing to bring in enough staff to take care of actual emergencies and, as a result, "guaranteeing that objecting staff will be forced to participate."

"The public, the Madison Surgery Center staff, and the patients who obtain their health care at this facility have a right to know the truth about the late-term abortion plan and the devastating and far-reaching consequences it will have," Armacost concluded.

Barbara Lyons, the director of the pro-life group, makes no apologies for the ads.

"The public has a right to know exactly what is at stake with the late-term abortion plan," she told LifeNews.com today.

"Tens of thousands have already signed petitions protesting the late-term abortion plan and current and prospective patients have changed their appointments and even their health care away from the Madison Surgery Center. Now we are taking the message to the public," she said.

Related web sites:
Wisconsin Right to Life – https://WisconsinRightToLife.org
Latest WRTL ad – https://www.wrtl.org/pdf/WisconsinStateJournal_Ad3.pdf

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