A full year after it was publicly disclosed that UW Hospital and Clinics, its doctor group, and Meriter Hospital were discussing a plan to begin performing late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center, an outpatient facility, not a single late-term abortion has been performed. A huge public outcry ensued as the boards of the various institutions approved such a plan early last year. A number of organizations including Wisconsin Right to Life began a massive campaign to inform the public about the plan and to disrupt the revenue stream of these facilities. To date, our efforts have been successful. UW admitted in a January 17 Wisconsin State Journal article that setting up the practice is taking longer than expected.
Wisconsin Right to Life sponsored full-page ads in the State Journal, with the most important one asking individuals to switch their health insurance and health care to another system. The Alliance Defense requested and received, under the Freedom of Information Act, email correspondence between the principal leaders of the late-term abortion plan. The State Journal article reveals the content of some of the emails, most notably the ones in which officials worry if patients and doctors are leaving and going somewhere else.
The battle is far from over and more work needs to be done. It is gratifying, however, to know that between 100 and 125 babies did not suffer the pain and life-extinguishing impact of a late-term abortion last year because thousands of individuals stepped up to the plate to protest this horrendous plan.
The Wisconsin State Journal article is here.
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