Madison Surgery Center Abandons Plans to Provide Late-Term Abortions
Posted: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Pro-Life Wisconsin, through the Alliance Defense Fund, received official confirmation from the Wisconsin Attorney General's office that the Madison Surgery Center (MSC) has abandoned its plans to perform late-term abortions.
"We give credit first and foremost to God for this pro-life victory, " said Peggy Hamill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin. "Pro-life grassroots activism works. We have held countless prayer vigils, attended by thousands; aired hundreds of pro-life television commercials in the Madison area; tens of thousands of people signed our pro-life petition; and hundreds boycotted the Madison Surgery Center. We have maintained a daily prayer presence outside the MSC, and our NoUWabortions.com website has served as a virtual hub of resistance."
The Madison Surgery Center board voted to allow late-term abortions at a February 2009 meeting. The Madison Surgery Center is a joint partnership between Meriter Hospital, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation.
Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter, in a letter to an Eau Claire attorney, stated, "We have also been in contact with legal counsel for the University of Wisconsin (UW) to determine how the proposed services would be provided. We have been awaiting response from the UW on the final plans before replying to your letter. It is my understanding based on recent information from the UW that they have now abandoned plans to provide late-term abortion services at MSC." Click here to read the letter.
"We are happy to announce that our boycott of the Madison Surgery Center has ended, and we applaud the pro-life medical staff of the Madison Surgery Center who spoke in public opposition to this senseless plan, " said Virginia Zignego, Pro-Life Wisconsin communications director and a UW-Madison graduate. "When we kill babies, it is a failure of our health care system and a failure of our intellects. When we kill babies it is a sign that consciences are dead. When consciences are dead, there is no limit to what we will do."