Wisconsin Republicans Target UW Deal that Pays Planned Parenthood Abortionists with State Funds

Anti-abortion protestors gather at a demonstration outside a Planned Parenthood office on February 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Protests were held around the country calling on the government to defund Planned Parenthood. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Wisconsin Republicans have introduced legislation which seeks to end an agreement between Planned Parenthood and the University of Wisconsin (UW) that has allowed the school’s faculty members to serve as abortionists for the chain at the expense of state taxpayers.

State Rep. André Jacque, who is sponsoring the legislation with state Sen. Chris Kapenga, told Breitbart News that, through the deal, UW has been acting as a contractor for Planned Parenthood.

He explains:

Planned Parenthood had started to do their own abortions and found as their abortionist Dr. Caryn Dutton who – people assumed – was working part-time for Planned Parenthood and part-time for the university. Well, that was not the case: she was working for UW full-time. Planned Parenthood worked out this agreement whereby they were able to purchase her faculty contact hours – hers and others – to perform the abortions. So, Planned Parenthood does not really have its own abortionists. They contract them from UW. They are full-time, salaried, benefited state employees that, in terms of the MOU, are remaining state employees at the same time they’re at Planned Parenthood.

Jacque says that, while in research for last session’s legislation dealing with the body parts of aborted babies, he and his colleagues discovered an old Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UW and Planned Parenthood.

A records request released in January of 2016 by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) revealed that Planned Parenthood’s Wisconsin affiliate “provided researchers… with the hearts and brains of unborn babies up to 18 weeks old and within five minutes of being aborted despite the fact that both UW and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin have denied any such exchange.”

Jacque says Dutton and another UW abortionist were found to be harvesting the body parts of babies they aborted for UW’s experiments.

“Wisconsin legislators have as much reason to be concerned about the scandal-ridden nature of Planned Parenthood as lawmakers in other states and in Congress have,” said ADF senior counsel Casey Mattox. “Just as the state is right to end its funding relationship with an organization undeserving of taxpayer money and unworthy of anyone’s trust, it is likewise on firm legal ground to discontinue funding for research that both Planned Parenthood and the University of Wisconsin have felt the need to keep secret.”

UW Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health Dr. Robert Golden testified to state lawmakers in August of 2015 that abortion – because it produces fetal tissue – is vital to “our life-saving research.”

The arrangement between Planned Parenthood and UW was cited in the final report of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives:

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) has deployed both faculty members of its OB/GYN department and medical residents (by way of the Ryan Fellowship) to work at a clinic designated by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI). This relationship appears to have been part of a broader plan that included the procurement and transfer of fetal tissue to UW SMPH for research. The school maintains it has not obtained fetal tissue from PPWI since November 2010. The deployments continue, however.

According to Lisa Brunette, a spokeswoman for UW Health, obstetrics-gynecology medical residents receive abortion training at the Planned Parenthood clinic, the Associated Press reports.

The school “will vigorously defend its commitment to train medical residents in all specialties, including ob-gyn,” she said.

According to the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, Jacque’s measure would prohibit a UW employee from “performing or assisting in the performance of an abortion; performing services at a private entity, other than a hospital, where abortions are performed; or training or receiving training in performing abortions, unless the training occurs at a hospital.”

The measure also prohibits UW from entering into contracts or MOUs that make arrangements for employees to perform abortions or train or receive training in performing abortions, unless at a hospital.


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