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Politics, money motivate Madison’s abortion program

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Barbara L. Lyons
February 23, 2009

Imagine that you are a patient needing routine surgery at an outpatient facility. At the Madison Surgery Center, you receive treatment to enhance your health, while in the next room or down the hall a fully formed 19- 22-week unborn baby is being dismembered, experiencing significant pain from the abortion procedure.


Your treatment payment is pooled with the abortion money, making you indirectly complicit in the horrendous practice.


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. Since becoming public knowledge, information from facilities’ officials has been incredibly inconsistent and filled with public relations puffery.


--A Jan. 30 Associated Press story revealed that a detailed PowerPoint presentation prepared by Caryn Dutton (the abortionist) and Laurel Rice (chair of the UW OB-GYN Department) listed “increased departmental revenue” at the top of the “benefits” slide for the program. Brunette adroitly backtracked, claiming that particular slide was never used in Wisconsin.


--E-mails between Dutton, Rice and other officials at UW and Meriter document their belief that the abortions should be moved to the Madison Surgery Center because permission was needed from Planned Parenthood’s (PP) national organization for Dutton to perform second-trimester abortions beyond 19 weeks at PP’s freestanding Madison abortion clinic. Dutton stated in a Nov. 20, 2008, e-mail to Fredrik Broekhuizen, PP’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 PP doesn’t have confidence to expand it to 22.


--The political motivation was deftly explained in a Nov. 22, 2008, e-mail from Broekhuizen to Dutton where he said “It is my very strong feeling that we need to safeguard hospital base abortion practices…”


“I really think that the Madison physician community should step up to the plate as advocates…” and that “If Madisonians consider themselves so progressive and that’s how they often talk, why can’t they do this walk?”


--While stressing publicly that these abortions are “needed” for medical reasons, the e-mail correspondence indicates that 75 percent of late-term abortions are for elective reasons.


--There is little concern in internal communications about staff at the Madison Surgery Center, from receptionists to nurses to anesthesiologists. Dutton states in her Nov. 22 e-mail that “…other specialties and departments are terrified of having abortion happening in their ‘space.’”


--Proponents soothingly reassure that “only” 125-130 dismemberment abortions will be performed annually at the Madison Surgery Center. If medical people dismembered 125-130 of any other member of the human family, they would rightly be prosecuted.


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.


Barbara L. Lyons is executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life; Web site www.wrtl.org/blog; e-mail blyons@wrtl.org.

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