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Victory for life, but boycott of UW continues Print
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Thursday, May. 20, 2010 -- 12:00 AM

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The Wisconsin Attorney General's office confirmed last week that the Madison Surgery Center (MSC) will not be providing late-term abortions. Thank God! For that reason, we are happy to announce that the boycott of the Madison Surgery Center has ended.

The University of Wisconsin, however, continues to insist it is committed to providing late-term abortions in the Madison area. There is no chosen location as yet to replace the Madison Surgery Center, and the UW is cloaking their search in secrecy.

Pro-Life Wisconsin's Matt Sande told LifeSiteNews, "While UW Health may be committed to this procedure in general, somewhere, sometime, that's one thing -- but that doesn't say where you're doing it. It's a way for them to save face. They didn't want to say that, 'yes, we've abandoned plans at the Madison Surgery Center.' They're loathe to say that."

Victory for pro-lifers

This is a victory for all those who participated in 40 Days for Life, standing at the corner every morning at 7 a.m. with a pro-life sign as the MSC employees came to work.

This is a victory for the volunteers who spent hours on the corner of Park St. and Regent St., being threatened, yelled at, and given obscene gestures. This is a victory for the thousands who signed our pro-life petition, boycotted the MSC, and contributed to our pro-life TV commercials.

This is a victory for the thousands who attended our pro-life rally in February, standing in single digit temperatures to witness to life. State director Peggy Hamill led our closing vigil at the Madison Surgery Center on Friday, May 7.

To all of you: We salute you and may God bless you!

More UW ties to Planned Parenthood

Earlier this year, Pro-Life Wisconsin revealed that medical residents at the University of Wisconsin have two four-week rotations at Planned Parenthood. An open records request confirmed that since 2007, more than $58,878 of funds of a state agency have gone to train abortionists at Planned Parenthood.

On behalf of Pro-Life Wisconsin, the Alliance Defense Fund filed a formal request on April 16 with the Wisconsin Attorney General's office. The request asks for an opinion on whether it is illegal for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority (UWHCA) to pay resident physicians while they are being trained to do abortions at Planned Parenthood in Madison.

How tied to Planned Parenthood is our taxpayer-funded University of Wisconsin-Madison, the "flagship" of the UW System?

  • UW promotes Planned Parenthood (including abortion services);
  • Alta Charo, a professor of law and bioethics at the UW Law and Medical Schools, is on the Planned Parenthood Federation of America board and the Alan Guttmacher board;
  • Doug Laube, professor and former chair of the UW Ob/Gyn Medical School, is "working in collaboration with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin;"
  • Faye Wattleton, former director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will be a guest panelist for a UW School of Business summit;
  • Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is paying UW School of Medicine faculty to perform abortions. UW doctors Caryn Dutton, Laurel Rice, Sabine Droste, Barbara O'Connell, Maria Sandgren, and Doug Laube are employed by Planned Parenthood.

Wisconsin Statute 20.9275 prohibits spending state funds on programs that provide, encourage, or refer for abortions.

University of Wisconsin colleges offer Planned Parenthood internships: UW-Green Bay (Human Development); UW-Madison (Communication Arts); UW-Madison (Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program); UW-Madison (Medical School); UW-Whitewater (Women's Studies); and UW-Milwaukee (Letters & Science).

Pro-Life Wisconsin remains opposed to UW's involvement in the destruction of innocent human life, and our boycott of the UW continues. Stay tuned to

Virginia Zignego is the communications director for Pro-Life Wisconsin.