Abortion Health Care is Essential: Keep Abortion Services Open!

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Dear Governor Evers,

Health centers that provide abortion care are as essential as those that provide prenatal and birth care. In the event of a shutdown of non-essential services in Wisconsin, we demand that abortion services stay open and that pregnant people be able to access ALL the legal and necessary pregnancy options!

People who need abortion already face significant political obstacles to accessing the health care they need. Delays already cause increased mental and financial stress, as well as unnecessary risk. Moreover, because hospitals no longer provide abortion, people who seek care due to maternal health concerns or a tragic pregnancy diagnosis rely exclusively on clinics that specialize in abortion care.

Closure of the few health centers that remain in Wisconsin will only traumatize people who are forced to carry pregnancies against their will – against their best decision-making for their own and their families' lives. For other people, it will result in increased delays, expenses and hardships, as they find their way across state lines to Minnesota or Illinois.

We support the joint statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society of Family Planning, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine which states:

Abortion is an essential component of comprehensive health care. It is also a time-sensitive service for which a delay of several weeks, or in some cases days, may increase the risks or potentially make it completely inaccessible. The consequences of being unable to obtain an abortion profoundly impact a person’s life, health, and well-being.

We believe that pregnant people know how best to respond to their pregnancies, and that they have an absolute right to a full spectrum of options. Abortion care protects the safety, dignity, and future health of Wisconsinites – it must be protected, especially in these uncertain times. We encourage you to join with the governors of Washington state and New Jersey by protecting access to abortion as an essential service.

Keep abortion services open!