Planned Parenthood wants non-doctors to commit abortions in Wisconsin


Planned Parenthood is hoping to increase the number of abortions committed in the state of Wisconsin by suing to overturn several pro-life laws. Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) reported that the abortion corporation believes the state’s common-sense abortion restrictions unfairly keep women from obtaining abortions.

The laws under attack require that only doctors commit abortions, that a patient sees a doctor twice before undergoing an abortion procedure, and that a patient receives her prescription for abortion pills directly from a doctor. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin does not have any full-time physicians, and instead relies on abortionists working there part-time to commit abortions. If the law allowed non-physicians to commit abortions, Planned Parenthood would be able to use nurses and midwives as well.

Tanya Atkinson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, told WPR that they hope to expand abortion throughout Wisconsin. “It’s our responsibility, and we are always looking for ways to ensure people have access to the health care they need,” she said. “Part of that means that if we prevail in this lawsuit, we could expand (abortion) access to other parts of the state.”

Atkinson also acknowledged that Wisconsinites may not support their battle to expand abortion, but they do not intend to back down. “Planned Parenthood Wisconsin is challenging these restrictions because they do interfere with a person’s ability to make their own health care decisions and make it more difficult to access the care they need,” she told WPR.

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Just under half of Wisconsinites are pro-life, according to a Pew Research Center poll.

Kristen Nupson, legislative director of Wisconsin Right to Life, rejected Atkinson’s description of abortion as health care. “[I]t cannot be compared to a biopsy or a birth control procedure,” she said in a statement provided to WPR. Meanwhile, Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said if Planned Parenthood prevails, it will put women at risk.

“We believe this is a dangerous road for the state to go down,” Appling said. “Medical abortion [the abortion pill] is not without risk. If Planned Parenthood prevails, and they open up all of their sites to do these, women will suffer from that, and certainly their unborn children will be killed because of the courts.” In fact, studies have shown that the abortion pill carries four times the risk to women than a surgical abortion.

The abortion industry has been increasingly fighting for non-physicians to be allowed to commit abortions. Planned Parenthood often argues that there is no reason to require only doctors to commit abortions, falsely claiming that the abortion pills are safer than Tylenol. Yet women often are left in the dark about the real dangers of the abortion pill, as well as what to really expect.

The move to get rid of abortion restrictions and allow non-physicians to commit abortions shows that the abortion industry is less concerned about the safety or well-being of the women they claim to serve than they are with furthering their own interests.

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