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Week of January 18, 2010 – #818
Madison Surgery Center One Year Later: Giving Thanks and Soldiering On
Although the pro-life effort is constantly on our minds throughout the year, it’s good to have a set time each year that we can coordinate our efforts to speak out on behalf of those who are too helpless to speak for themselves. Having January as Sanctity of Life Month affords that perfect opportunity.
Of course, the reason we recognize Sanctity of Life Month in January is because of the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S., allowing the murder of almost 50 million unborn American children in the subsequent years. This Friday, January 22nd is the 37th anniversary of that tragic decision.
This month also marks one year since the pro-life community in Wisconsin discovered the plan to provide late, 2nd-trimester abortions at the Madison Surgery Center, a joint venture of the UW Hospital and Clinics, the UW Medical Foundation, and Meriter Hospital.
Wisconsin Family Council worked with Wisconsin Right to Life, Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life and other pro-life organizations and leaders to galvanize the pro-life community in Wisconsin and form a united front against the Surgery Center’s social-engineering plan.
Since that time, pro-life individuals and organizations from across the state, and particularly in Madison and the surrounding area, have worked tirelessly to stop the plan’s authorization and implementation. A year ago we rallied to protest the plan in sub-zero temperatures in Madison.
Pro-Life Wisconsin and Vigil for Life have organized an almost daily presence peacefully protesting and praying outside the Surgery Center, through wind, rain, snow and scorching heat. And thousands of Wisconsin citizens have contacted those responsible for the plan to express their outrage. Today I’m immensely pleased to report that not one abortion has taken place at the Surgery Center to-date.
According to emails obtained by the Alliance Defense Fund, those responsible for this plan intended to open the new abortion mill by February 15, 2009. However, the public’s reaction to the hideous plan was so widespread and so outraged that the UW Medical Foundation president, Jeffrey Grossman, was warning the principal decision makers. He said, the UW Medical Foundation “could not put our whole operation at economic risk to achieve their goals.”
Certain nurses, doctors and anesthesiologists at the surgery center refused to take any part in the abortion procedures. Some physicians even moved their practices outside the surgery center because of their disgust, and their patients’ disgust, with the plan.
Pro-lifers canceled appointments at the surgery center, transferred their records outside the UW health care system and informed their insurance carriers they would no longer use the UW health care system at all. One email ADF obtained mentioned “daily phone calls canceling appointments.”
The fact that our efforts, and the resistance inside the Madison Surgery Center, no doubt along with other internal issues, have delayed the plan’s implementation for so long underscores what this is really all about—money and social ideology. When resistance threatened the financial bottom line, President Jeffrey Grossman spoke not in terms of “women’s rights and saving lives,” but in terms of not wanting to incur an “economic risk” to “achieve” the abortion activists’ “goals.”
This last Sunday the Wisconsin State Journal published two articles that probably contain the most fair and balanced news report on the Madison Surgery Center abortion story ever. One article spells out the content of several revealing emails between the abortion plan’s authors.
The second article fairly accurately depicts the relationship and collaboration between the various pro-life organizations and leaders over this abortion issue in our state. It’s the first time we know of that a major news source actually mentioned the combined efforts of our state’s pro-life organizations.
As part of our ongoing efforts to keep Madison Surgery Center abortion-free, we’re having another rally on Saturday, February 6 from 12-2 p.m., again at the UW Library Square. It’s a time to thank God for His grace and mercy and to continue to voice our united opposition to this heinous plan.
This Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday—a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the genocide America is committing against her innocent and to give thanks that the multiplied power of one is alive and well in Wisconsin, as the Madison Surgery Center situation shows. May we each be reinvigorated in our efforts and restored in our spirit as we soldier on in this life-saving work.
This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the Prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”