The ambiguity of Wisconsin Act 217, which regulates the procedure of a medication abortion, and potentially harsh criminal penalties have driven another health care provider to stop offering abortions via RU-486.
As Robin Marty reports, providers are simply have no other choice. Planned Parenthood Policy Director Nicole Safar explained the dilemma providers face back in April after Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin stopped medication abortions. “The legislature is actually dictating patient care, and we are working with our lawyers to see how this effects medical best practices and procedures. With the law going in effect today, it is too risky to have our doctors do this.”
NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck issued a statement drawing out just what’s at stake for women in Wisconsin.
Elections matter. As long as Scott Walker occupies the Governor’s office, women will continue to lose ground on health care options. The environment created by Walker and anti-choice Republicans in the State Legislature is so hostile that abortion providers are no longer able to provide care to women.
Wisconsin women will suffer because of Governor Walker’s actions. It is unacceptable that women are losing health care options because Walker has put his extreme social agenda ahead of what is best for women’s health. Women lose out when out of control politicians like Scott Walker practice medicine without a license and interfere in the relationship between doctors and their patients.
Unfortunately in the short-term at least the women of Wisconsin now have even fewer abilities to access safe, affordable reproductive health care.
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