In February of 2009, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics announced that it would provide second-trimester abortions to women in need.
But now, because of constant fear-mongering and harassment by anti-choice groups, UW is backing down from its pledge, citing safety and privacy concerns for patients as the main reason.
There is only one place in the entire state that will perform a mid-term abortion, and it is located in Milwaukee, which is too far to travel for most women who need the service because of health issues.
Tell the University of Wisconsin Board of Directors to stand up to the anti-choice groups and honor its pledge to women's health.
As a pro-choice advocate, I understand the fear-mongering and harassment tactics that are often employed by anti-choice groups and I do realize that all patients must be kept safe while entering the clinic.
However, if you will not stand up for Madison women who are in need of this service, who will?
Wisconsin women have only one other option for mid-term abortions, and that clinic is located in Milwaukee. As you surely understand, that is too great a distance for women seeking this type of procedure because of serious health concerns.
You made a promise to be committed to women's health. I am asking you to honor that promise and continue with your plans to perform this service.