Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Says it will stop providing RU 486

By Dave Andrusko

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin CEO Teri Huyck

According to Friday’s State Journal newspaper, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will announce plans to stop performing RU486 abortions. The decision comes days after the state passed Act 217, the “Coercive and Web Cam Abortion Prevention Act” and which goes into effect today.

RU486 abortions account for 26% of abortions in Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood CEO Teri Huyck told the State Journal that “Planned Parenthood will still provide surgical abortions at clinics in Milwaukee, Madison and Appleton.”

Huyck characterized the law as “vague” and “problematic.” She complained to the State Journal, “It’s very difficult for a physician to know when he or she is in compliance with the law.”

Of course the law is not at all vague, which is why Planned Parenthood, at least for now, is saying it will not be performing chemically-induced abortions. The law takes into account three realities the abortion industry side-steps: (1) at least 14 women in the U.S. alone who’ve taken RU486 have died, and hundreds more have been injured; (2) by not having the abortionist onsite (so-called “web cam abortions”), an already dangerous abortion technique becomes even more threatening to women; and (3) women ARE coerced into having abortions.

The law does not ban the use of RU486. It says that if abortionists are going to employ this dangerous abortion technique, they must be in the same room as the mother. 

“People mistakenly believe that women who have chemical abortions pop a pill and, magically, they are no longer pregnant,” says Barbara Lyons, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.  In fact, FDA protocol for use of this two-drug regime advises three to four visits to the abortionist with close supervision.

“With the advent of web cam abortions, now taking place at Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa and Minnesota, instead of this close supervision, women discuss their abortion over a web cam without a physical exam by a doctor,” Lyons explains. “Planned Parenthood envisions bringing web cam RU 486 abortions into local communities.  But not in Wisconsin, thanks to Act 217.”

Lyons said as a result of the law there should be “another decline in Wisconsin abortions which is great news for mothers and babies.”

Whereas the RU486 aspect of the law receives the most attention, Act 217 also addresses head-on the grim reality of coerced abortion.

“Opponents of Act 217 complain that the requirement of a private discussion with the woman to learn if she is being coerced is somehow detrimental,” Lyons said. “Yet, women who are coerced are many times accompanied to the abortion clinic by the person doing the coercing whose goal it is to make sure she has the abortion.  This common sense law protects women at a time when it is most needed and provides help if she is a potential or real victim of domestic abuse.”

NRL News Today asked Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC’s Director of Education and an expert on RU486, to comment. He said,

“It has been clear since Planned Parenthood first began agitating for RU486 in the 1980s that the organization saw the chemical abortifacient as a key to the expansion of their abortion empire, especially into rural areas. When its ever-growing Iowa affiliate began doing RU486 abortions via web-cam in 2008, a lot of Planned Parenthood affiliates saw a way to bring abortion to some of their smaller, more remote, more lightly-staffed clinics.  That meant not only more abortions but a steady stream of revenue — as long as none of their patients got hurt. 

“Now, though, after at least 14 women who’ve taken the abortion pill in the U.S. have died, and hundreds more have been injured, those who truly care about women have begun to take a second look at this heavily promoted abortion drug, coming to the entirely rational and responsible conclusion that this is not a drug that a woman ought to take without a doctor’s direct supervision and stricter monitoring.  Planned Parenthood apparently wants to avoid both that responsibility and comply with rules that will stand in the way of finding new customers and increased revenue. When they do pull this deadly drug, the women of Wisconsin will surely be better off.  And that will most certainly be the case for their unborn babies.”

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