Not long after Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced its decision to cancel their RU-486 abortion services in protest of legislation banning “webcam abortions” in Wisconsin, the foremost abortion clinic in Milwaukee has announced the same. Affiliated Medical Services, a clinic that does abortions through 22 weeks of pregnancy, claims that:
The Abortion Pill, also known as the French abortion pill or RU-486, as an alternative to the surgical abortion procedure. The abortion pill method use to be available up to 9 weeks from the first day of your last normal menstrual period.
Due to pending legislation in Wisconsin, we are no longer able to offer the Abortion Pill. We regret this inconvenience and encourage you to contact state legislators and the Governor to express your frustration!
Once again, the abortion industry bristles stupidly when anybody suggests that it should follow any sort of medical regulations. If you read Lime 5 by Mark Crutcher, you can find this thoroughly documented. People in the abortion industry have consistently shown that they believe themselves to be above the rest of the medical world.
The Guttmacher Institute claims that in 2008 17% of abortions were “early medication abortions” (chemical abortions). According to a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman: “Planned Parenthood provided just over 4,000 abortions statewide last year, including 1,100 medication-induced abortions.” That makes up about a quarter of their abortions. This means that women seeking an early abortion will have to either cancel or wait for a surgical abortion. Affiliated Medical Services offers surgical abortions up to 22 weeks, and there is one other surgical abortion facility in Milwaukee (a Planned Parenthood clinic which, incidentally, has been investigated by Live Action and shown they are willing to violate the law by covering up sexual abuse). Since surgical abortions are harder to come by, and more expensive, it is reasonable to presume that a good number of abortions (perhaps a quarter) are being prevented by this legislation from Gov. Scott Walker.
It’s worth noting that the local 40 Days for Life vigilers in front of Affiliated Medical Services were shown 31 saves in the last campaign, and 182 since August 8, 2010. They ranked second for number of lives saved throughout the international 40 Days for Life campaign.
In the meantime, the June 5 Recall Election is quickly approaching. Gov. Scott Walker has a long history of standing against abortion, and hopefully more pro-life bills will be passed should he remain in office. Listen to this webcast from Students for Life for more information.