Planned Parenthood Suspends Medical Abortions In Wisconsin

They are called TRAP laws for a reason.

As Robin Marty reports, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced they are suspending their medical abortion practice immediately, citing new regulations that make administering RU-486 too much of a burden and a risk.

Wisconsin’s new “Coercive and Webcam Abortion Prevention Act” requires that a doctor is present at all times during the process of getting a medical abortion and further requires the doctor take numerous “checks” to prove that the patient is not being “coerced” into an abortion.

The bill also bans “telemed” abortions, procedures where doctors monitor a patient remotely via webcam during a medical abortion. The practice has greatly expanded access to women in rural America where clinics do not always have a provider on staff.

In addition to the requirements at the time of administering RU-486 the Wisconsin bill requires any doctor to provide a follow up check on the patient within 12 to 18 days following a medication abortion. Patients have the option of turning down the appointment or to see their own physicians, but doing so may risk the doctor who provided the medication being charged with a Class 1 felony for not seeing her again.

For providers, there’s simply too much risk and too much unknown in the new regulations. Health care providers have had less than two weeks to study and learn the new requirements before they took effect. As a result, women in Wisconsin have one less avenue for controlling their health care decisions.


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Photo from Alyssa L Miller via flickr.


Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

John Z: When you get a womb and a uterus and are able to get pregnant, then and ONLY then will you have the right to your ridiculous and un-scientific opinions!

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

Women are so fortunate to have Planned Parenthood for many reasons. We will never allow right wing idiots to take it away.

John Z.
John Z5 years ago

Planned Parenthood promotes as acceptable the brutal dismembering of children, limb, by limb, as they scream in terror, within the sanctuary of their own mother's womb. Without legal defense, anesthetic, judge, jury or trial.

These poor souls suffer even the indignity of being discarded to a trash heap - they receive not even the honour of an unknown grave. This injustice is not tolerated for the corpses of criminals after punishment for their crimes.

This is absolutely horrendous (even worse perhaps is the willing blindness which fails to perceive their agenda).

All while promoting the deception that it is perfectly acceptable to do so and disseminating disparaging myths about those who would stand in their way.

Finally, as if this was not enough, they promote eugenics and promiscuity and all manner of living which is contrary to the survival of our race in favour of other species.

In my view, any good that they do provide to society (if any) is but a meticulously disguised front to assist in their devious agenda.

Who, in good, well informed conscience, could support them?

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

If more women don't realize that their rights are swiftly being taken away by the narrow minded politicians and don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when they will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of your VOTE and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights. How come doctors are not complaining about all of this baloney that women now have to go through. The doctors and women who are being affected with this nonsense should get a class action lawsuit going because their livelihood are being interfered with.

Nicole Pauline Sedkowski
Nicole Sedkowski5 years ago

This is just SICK!

Evelyn M.
Evelyn M5 years ago

Support Planned Parenthood!!!!!

Melanie V.
Melanie Victoria5 years ago

How is this happening? How are the rights women fought so fiercely to acquire being rolled back seemingly effortlessly and with little opposition? When women and men do not fight for the liberties of women, those who would scale back women's rights become more empowered. I fear this repugnant backlash against women will be a force to be reckoned with in Canada soon. Consider this- women have been oppressed for the majority of human history. How could we honestly believe that acceptance of women's rights would be unopposed or could be reversed in a mere century or two? We must still fight the good fight...

Denise R.
Denise Regan5 years ago

It is unfortunate that there are women who take advantage of abortion, but when you try and regulate it, this is what happens.


Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley5 years ago

Very sad.

Marcie C. Medical abortions aren't done on a whim. I know someone who had one. She didn't want one. There was no choice. She and the baby would have died long before the due date, leaving two other children motherless. That is the kind of medical abortion you're classifying as killing another human being. You're wrong.

Linda H.
Linda h5 years ago

Marcie,stop. What good does it do to make a woman carry around an already dead fetus? What does a fetus with it's brain growing outside of it's skull *hear*? How many hours can a woman survive with a fetus developing inside her Fallopian tubes?You need to care more for the living and stop being a patsy for a false religion.