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Budget Committee Places Abortion Funding Restrictions on UW Hospital and Clinics Authority

Friday, June 03, 2011

For Immediate Release
June 3, 2011

Contact: Matt Sande, Director of Legislation, cell (262) 352-0890
Or Virginia Zignego, Communications Director, cell (262) 370-3993

Budget Committee Places Abortion Funding Restrictions on UW Hospital and Clinics Authority

Madison – The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) adopted a budget motion today that would apply current law abortion funding restrictions to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority (UWHCA). State law (Wis. Stat. 20.927) prohibits the funds of the state or of a state agency from being spent on the performance of an abortion. Passed on a 12-4 party-line vote, the motion specifies that the UWHCA is a state “agency” as defined for the statute.  

Pro-Life Wisconsin legislative Director Matt Sande offered the following comments:
“In 2010, an open records request by Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Alliance Defense Fund revealed that since 2007, more than $58,000 of UWHCA funds have been used to train future abortionists at the Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin abortion facility in Madison. The UWHCA pays medical residents in the UW School of Medicine OB/Gyn Department for two four-week rotations at Planned Parenthood, where they view and perform abortions. We commend the Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee for prohibiting public funding of this grisly practice which stains the reputation of Wisconsin’s flagship hospital. The Committee’s action will also present a significant practical obstacle for the UWHCA to perform late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center or other location, if they choose to resume such plans.”