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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

UW Hospitals plan undercover abortions

Today the Washington, DC-based Alliance Defense Fund exposed secret plans of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) and Meriter Hospital to provide a full range of second-trimester abortions at the Madison Surgery Center located at 1 South Park Street. The Madison Surgery Center is a joint venture of UWHC, the UW Medical Foundation, and Meriter Hospital.

UW Health physician Caryn R. Dutton, Obstetrics and Gynecology, will perform these late-term abortions. Dutton is also affiliated with Meriter Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital.

Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director Peggy Hamill said of the proposal, “Pro-Life Wisconsin condemns the UWHC/Meriter Hospital plan to do late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center. We are appalled to learn that our own publicly-funded University of Wisconsin hospital and medical foundation is planning to directly participate in the dismemberment of second-trimester babies – babies that can suck their thumbs, turn somersaults in their mother’s wombs, and whose hearts are pumping gallons of blood every day.

It is likely these babies will become an in-house source of fresh, cheap fetal body parts for UW research activities.

How will this UWHC/Meriter plan accommodate existing state and federal laws that prohibit public funding of abortions and protect the conscience rights of our medical professionals? Medical staff at the Madison Surgery Center must be disheartened to learn that their esteemed, state-of-the-art surgical center will double as an abortion center.

Pro-Life Wisconsin demands answers and accountability from all partners of the Madison Surgery Center, namely the UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospitals and Clinics, and Meriter Hospital. We strongly urge them to abandon this morally reprehensible, potentially illegal plan. If it proceeds, the medical offices at 1 South Park Street can be assured of a constant pro-life presence outside their building as long as the killing continues.


Donna Katen-Bahensky, President and CEO, UW Hospital and Clinics: (608) 263-6400

Jeffrey Grossman, MD, President and CEO, UW Medical Foundation, (608) 263-7013

Jim Woodward, President and CEO, Meriter Hospital, (608) 417-6000

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