University of Wisconsin Illegally Assisting In Abortions?

Documents reveal the University of Wisconsin may be illegally funding abortion training for medical students at abortion centers.

Section 20.9275 of the Wisconsin law prohibits state and local funding for pregnancy programs, projects or services that: provide abortion services; promote, encourage or counsel in favor of abortion services; or make abortion referrals when not directly and medically necessary to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. “In the case of sexual assault or incest the crime [must have] been reported to the law enforcement authorities,” (2a).

Wisconsin law states: “‘abortion’ means the intentional destruction of the life of an unborn child, and ‘unborn child’ means a human being from the time of conception until it is born alive.”

Using the Freedom of Information act, pro-life organizations, Pro-Life Wisconsin (PLW) and a legal defense organization, Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), have uncovered documents and e-mails that show, since 2007, the University of Wisconsin has spent more than $58,878 paying for abortion training.

In a letter to the Alliance Defense Fund, the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority admits students receive paid “training.”

“Medical residents from the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority [UWHCA] participate in training at the Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin [PPWI] facility in Madison, WI,” writes James Dechene, senior vice president and general counsel for UWHCA.  ”UWHCA continues to pay its residents while they are in training at PPWI.”

In addition to paying their students, PLW and ADF have revealed a signed contract between the University of Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood that shows faculty of the University of Wisconsin are paid by Planned Parenthood to perform abortions.

It appears that the University of Wisconsin have developed a relationship with Planned Parenthood to use their facilities to allow faculty to conduct abortions for training their students.    The University supplies the students and facility and Planned Parenthood pays the University – who in-turn pays the faculty and students for the abortion services.

Dr. Laurel Rice, faculty and chair of Ob/Gyn Dept, UW-Madison School of Medicine, and was listed as one who will provide abortion services said she is looking forward to getting started with the abortions.

“The provision of abortion care is so central to my commitment to health care and leadership in the [University of Wisconsin School of Medicine Ob/Gyn] department, I will personally start to provide abortion care at PPWI’s comprehensive center one day a month beginning November 1, 2008. And I am excited to do so.”

Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Elizabeth Bolt, revealed her concern in a July 2008 e-mail: “The issue is whether this crosses the line of violating the state statute [Section 20.0275] of  university resources being used to support abortion services. I don’t think it does but sometimes politically, the perception is as important as the reality.”  Bolt adds, “I don’t want this letter to cause the legislature to scrutinize this area more closely or even worse, expand the statute. Right now, I think we’ve found a way to provide this training within the boundaries of the statute and I don’t want to jeopardize that.”

In a November 14, 2008 e-mail to Dr. Laurel Rice, Carl Getto, senior vice president of medical affairs at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinic, confirms to her that the university has been paying for the rotation of the students, and ensures it will continue.

“UWHC has been paying for the [Planned Parenthood] rotation to date,” says Getto in his e-mail. “We will continue to do so. Please let Planned Parenthood know.”

Pro-Life Wisconsin communications director and University of Wisconsin alumni, Virginia Zignego says she is disgusted by the University of Wisconsin’s support of abortions.

“As a UW graduate, I am appalled that UW’s proud legacy of excellence in sports, music, research and nationally ranked programs is stained with the destruction of innocent human life,” said Virginia Zignego, communications director of Pro-Life Wisconsin. “UW’s blood runs red, indeed.”

Read: Abortion Laws in Wisconsin by the state legislature.

Courtesy of the Christian Law Journal at

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