The latest pro-life news (03/06/17)


From Pro-Life Wisconsin:

Legislators propose bill to prohibit UW employees from performing abortions

State Rep. Andre Jacque (R-DePere) and State Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) are currently circulating a bill that would prohibit both UW System and UW Hospital and Clinics Authority employees from performing or assisting in the performance of abortions while in the scope of their employment.

This bill, LRB-0916/2, would effectively end UW medical resident abortion training at the Madison Planned Parenthood abortion facility, a grisly arrangement that stains the reputation of Wisconsin’s public university system and flagship hospital.

In 2010, an open records request by Pro-Life Wisconsin and Alliance Defending Freedom revealed that since 2007, more than $58,000 of UW hospital authority funds had been used to train future abortionists at the Planned Parenthood in Madison.

The UW hospital authority paid physician medical residents in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Ob/Gyn Department for two four-week rotations at Planned Parenthood, where they viewed and performed abortions with the oversight and assistance of department faculty.

In 2011, Gov. Scott Walker signed Act 32, the state biennial budget, which amended Wis. Stat. 20.927 to explicitly include the UW hospital authority as a “state agency” prohibited from funding abortions. In effect, this prohibited the UW hospital authority from continuing payments for medical residents performing abortions at the Madison Planned Parenthood.

However, the contractual agreement between the UW and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin was renewed in a 2012 memorandum of understanding in which reimbursement for abortion services continued to flow from Planned Parenthood to UW.

Regardless of who is paying for these abortions, this contractual relationship should be completely severed. This bill accomplishes that goal.

Read the rest on the Personally Speaking blog.


Pro-Life News

CONTRACEPTION MENTALITY: If the use of contraception is not wrong, then an openness to new life is not right, and if marriage is not the right context for sex, then there is no right context—and, therefore, no wrong one. (Hence today’s insistence that the presence of consent is the only criterion for making a sexual act morally valid. The desire to do X justifies doing X.) PLW: We’ve long stressed the link between contraception and the expanded desire for abortion access – when you remove the natural repercussions of sex (babies) from the act, when a baby does appear, you need a backup plan.

D.C. SUICIDE: D.C. has joined six states that allow doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. PLW: Federal law gives Congress the authority to overrule D.C. regulations, but the deadline passed in mid-February.

TRANS HEALTH CARE: Starting with Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, in upstate New York, a growing number of its facilities have become places where trans people can begin to transition medically. PLW: Just because people want to artificially change their gender doesn’t mean taxpayers should have to pay.

CHOOSE LIFE: The Nebraska state Senate voted 37-7 to advance the bill allowing the “Choose Life” license plate designs to be offered through the Department of Motor Vehicles. PLW: Nebraska has two more votes to officially approve the license plates, but Wisconsin’s Choose Life license plates were approved last year! They’ll be available for purchase later this year, with all funds helping pregnancy resource centers.

RUSSIA: Russia’s abortion policies have changed drastically several times in the past century. After the Bolshevik Revolution, the Soviet Union became the world’s first country to legalize abortion in 1920. PLW: Russia’s policies of forcing religious worship into private homes resulted in many not knowing of the dignity and respect all humans deserve. Orthodox Christians are working to reverse the decades-long culture of death.

IOWA: The Iowa pro-life coalition is launching its “She’s a Baby” campaign across the state. The campaign engages video, radio and grassroots activism to inspire fellow Iowans in the defense of life. PLW: These ads focus on the humanity of the child in the womb, which is how people talk in everyday life.

GUATEMALA: At the Pacific port of Quetzal last week, the activist group Women on Waves advertised they would take women up to ten weeks pregnant out to international waters — 12 miles offshore. There they could provide abortion pills to end unwanted pregnancies by inducing a miscarriage. This did not sit well with the government and military, which accused the ship’s crew of entering the country under false pretenses. PLW: The Guatemalan government seized the ship, saying the abortionists were illegally entering the country. A statement from the Women on Waves organization said no abortion pills were dispensed.

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From WI Right To Life.


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