'Pill abortions' to resume at Wisconsin clinics

2013-06-11T18:15:00Z 'Pill abortions' to resume at Wisconsin clinicsDAN SIMMONS | Wisconsin State Journal | dsimmons@madison.com | 608-252-6126 madison.com

Some health care clinics in Madison, Milwaukee and Appleton will resume offering medication-induced abortions to women early in pregnancy after a Dane County judge’s April injunction clarified a recent state law that severely restricted the procedure.

“This is a significant step in the right direction recognizing that medical professionals should be trusted to determine the safest and best medical care for patients,” said Teri Huyck, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Planned Parenthood will resume offering the procedure at the three clinics after stopping them since April 2012.

Act 217, the state law also known as the Coercive and Web Cam Abortion Protection Act, requires doctors to determine through a private consultation whether a woman is being coerced into having an abortion. State law already required written consent before an abortion is performed.

The law now requires three trips to the same doctor for women seeking nonsurgical abortions. And it bans the use of consultation over the Internet to provide medication-induced abortions, a practice that is used elsewhere but not in Wisconsin. Doctors alleged to have violated the law can be charged with a felony.

The temporary injunction by Dane County Judge Richard Niess bars state officials from enforcing requirements that doctors be present at the time a woman takes the pill and determine through a private consultation whether a woman is being coerced into having an abortion.

The injunction comes as part of a lawsuit filed in December by Planned Parenthood in U.S. District Court in Madison charging that the new law is unconstitutionally vague and does not spell out exactly what a doctor must do to avoid criminal and civil penalties. The injunction will remain in place until final resolution of the case, Planned Parenthood said.

Medication-induced abortions, sometimes called “pill abortions,” will be available to women in the first nine weeks of pregnancy. Women will have to follow other state laws including having an exam and counseling session with a doctor and following a 24-hour waiting period.

Prior to suspending the procedure in April 2012, the clinics used it in roughly 45 percent of the pregnancy terminations they did, according to Planned Parenthood.

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  1. Blackdazey
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    Blackdazey - June 12, 2013 4:00 pm
    Here, watch a video all about it!

  2. Blackdazey
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    Blackdazey - June 12, 2013 3:57 pm
    Yeah, it's a sad sad day when facts don't mean crap.
  3. Blackdazey
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    Blackdazey - June 12, 2013 3:56 pm
    Traderjoe, let's get something straight here. Emergency contraception is NOT an abortion pill. Abortion happens AFTER implantation of a fertilized egg, contraception does not. Emergency contraception is in the same class as condoms, spermicides, IUDs, ect. Look up the difference between abortion pills and contraceptives.
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    GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN - June 12, 2013 2:28 pm


    Not only morally bankrupt, but philosophically vapid, as well ? For the record, I've no vagina, but have been living inside the perpetually offended People's Republic for so long, I've become so sensitized, I'm beginning to lactate.

    Using your bumper-sticker logic, "Don't like abortions, don't have one." is akin to saying, "Don't like slavery, don't own one." That's boiled down, dawg.

    No, @MOR is correct. It takes two. Both have rights AND responsibilities.

    And nascent human life can only begin at conception. When else? Duh.

    Denying God AND science, dawg ? That won't get you any robe and crown.

    Da Truth bats last.

    Good Dog Happy Man.
  5. Traderjoe
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    Traderjoe - June 12, 2013 2:08 pm
    Since 1997, “emergency contraception has been made available under Title X as a matter of course."

    Planned Parenthood’s last report notes that it gave out 1,461,816 “emergency contraception kits,” i.e. abortion pills, in a year – much of which would have been paid for through Title X, taxpayer funds.
  6. Traderjoe
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    Traderjoe - June 12, 2013 1:17 pm
    Well here then, I made up some numbers to support my lie.

    Planned Parenthood reported receiving a record $542 million in taxpayer support in fiscal 2012.Those numbers show roughly 45 percent of Planned Parenthood's budget now comes from taxpayer dollars.
  7. Bender
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    Bender - June 12, 2013 12:23 pm
    They WILL NOT be swayed by facts!
  8. Bender
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    Bender - June 12, 2013 12:21 pm
    Your argument would only be valid if women could walk away from a pregnancy just like a man can. A woman's medical choices are hers and hers alone. You patriarchal neanderthals in Barefoot and Pregnant wing of the Tealiban can believe what you want but it all boils down to if you don't like abortions, don't have one.
  9. Wis_taxpayer
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    Wis_taxpayer - June 12, 2013 12:19 pm
    FACT: Planned Parenthood does not use tax payer money for abortions! get your facts straight.
  10. Blackdazey
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    Blackdazey - June 12, 2013 12:01 pm
    Plan B is NOT an abortion pill and NOT what this article is about. Plan B is a contraceptive that prevents ovulation and therefore fertilization. Abortion pills such as mifepristone are a completely different class of medication and are NOT handed out OTC by Walgreens/CVS. Abortion pills are used within the first couple months of pregnancy when a fetus gets to be no larger than a prune.
  11. RudyRue
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    RudyRue - June 12, 2013 11:38 am
    The morning after pill is NOT the same medication that induces abortions.
    And you can't get this medication from just any doctor- you've gotta go to the abortion clinic & it's more expensive than a surgical abortion!
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    - June 12, 2013 10:48 am
    I am offended by the idea that only people with a vagina can have an opinion or be involved in the decision concerning birht control or abortions. For decades we're told Men need to be more involved and need to take responsibility for thier actions. Oh, but when the men have a different view or opinion then all of a sudden it's the Woman's right. It takes 2.....1 man and 1 woman for Every step in this process. 1 sperm and 1 egg for each fetus, and both of those people should have equal rights in deciding on the birth control, the birth, the abortion or not, everything. YOu should not have the Right to abort My child without My consent or vice-versa. How would you feel if I had the right to make you if you didn't want to?
  13. Traderjoe
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    Traderjoe - June 12, 2013 8:32 am
    Correction on both points...... Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit, so it does indeed have EVERYTHING to do with Plannef Parenthood ! Planned Parenthood accepts taxpayer funding. THAT is the issue with the right.
  14. Wis_taxpayer
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    Wis_taxpayer - June 12, 2013 7:56 am
    The morning after pill is now available to all women, as for the medication-induced abortions, planned parenthood is NOT the only place women can get this service, ANY Doctor can offer this service to women.

    I guess you will have to get rid of all the doctors to stop this procedure.
  15. ArchieBunker
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    ArchieBunker - June 12, 2013 7:54 am
    Dumb dog.
  16. Wis_taxpayer
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    Wis_taxpayer - June 12, 2013 7:51 am
    I just love how this all boils down to attacking planned parenthood for the right, when this ruling has nothing to do with planned parenthood.

    This ruling allows Walmart and CVS and Walgreens and any other store that sells aspirin to sell the morning after pill. Righties you want to attack something, how about Walmart for selling abortions over the counter!
  17. Wis_taxpayer
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    Wis_taxpayer - June 12, 2013 7:48 am
    Planned parenthood has nothing to do with this court ruling, just another right wing attack on our society.
  18. Traderjoe
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    Traderjoe - June 12, 2013 5:59 am
    More demagoguery from the left. SB206 states nothing about "lecturing" an abortion patient. In fact it was revised to where any "qualified" person can present the information. Doesn't even need to be a Doctor! The patient cannot be required to even look at the images. And the reason one Planned Parenthood clinic may close is because of the requirement that a clinic be within 30 miles of a Hospital in case of an emergency . That is a reasonable precaution wouldn't you agree ?

    Also, there may be only 4 Planned Parenthood clinics left, but those are not the only places in Wisconsin that perform the "procedures", it is just that they are the only Clinics recieving Taxpayer money.
  19. Stuck In The Middle With You
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    Stuck In The Middle With You - June 11, 2013 10:27 pm
    I believe he refered to them as Patriots and they were also quite fond of wearing flag pins on their lapels.
  20. Bender
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    Bender - June 11, 2013 10:09 pm
    You are wrong but there is no news there.
  21. Bender
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    Bender - June 11, 2013 10:08 pm
    Plan B is contraceptive not an "abortion pill". But don't let that slow down the drivel you post here. You are an ignorant fool and every time someone reads what you post they lose precious seconds of their lives that could be spent elsewhere.
  22. mt64
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    mt64 - June 11, 2013 9:46 pm
    Why is this story the "Editor's Pick" and not the news that the legislature is on the brink of passing a bill that will require women to undergo mandatory ultrasounds and lectures before having an abortion, and will potentially close one of the last 4 clinics in Wisconsin that offer abortions? And your heading for that story "Ultrasound bill tenatively OK'd by Senate" does not point out that the vote will probably be tomorrow.
  23. WI_Expat
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    WI_Expat - June 11, 2013 9:41 pm
    Am I wrong or was it the stated practice that Planned Parenthood to only advise on family practices and not do actual terminations of pregnancy. That is what they seem to portray themselves to the funding sources as doing.

    If they are now handing out Plan B, it would make sense that their grants need to be re-assessed to determine they are in compliance.
  24. Redsolocup
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    Redsolocup - June 11, 2013 8:36 pm
    Good Dog- did you even read the article? Where did you see the words "rare", or that it can be given to a woman of any age?

    Also, if you were a medical professional (or better yet- had a vagina) and henceforth even qualified to comment on this subject, you'd know the SET (not one just one pill) was safer because it'd be in lieu of a surgical procedure. Go be a troll elsewhere, I'm sick of your misogynist nonsense.
  25. deernut00
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    deernut00 - June 11, 2013 8:06 pm
    Why stop with that pill. Hitler would just have his guys go through the nurseries and pick those babies that were the wrong religion or color, and do away with them then and there. No difference that I see. Hitler may have even given his guys a title like "Planned Parenthood".
  26. Crow Barr
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    Crow Barr - June 11, 2013 7:44 pm
    HAPPY MAN rules a sad woman. Knock her up, knock her down, eh GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN?
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    GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN - June 11, 2013 6:37 pm

    Exactly how does this Plan B abortion pill help make abortions more rare and safe ?

    Making it available to girls at any age doesn't seem prudent. Are there any restrictions on this drug? Does your daughter have to be tall enough to slide the money over the counter?

    Defund Planned Parenthood. Choose life. Woofda !
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