6 February 2009
CONTACT: Katie Walker


Washington, D.C. (6 February 2009) – American Life League Associate group Pro-Life Wisconsin is asking for your assistance as it continues its battle against a plan to allow late-term abortions at a medical facility in Madison that is a joint venture of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, the UW Medical Foundation and Meriter Hospital.

In a case that has gained national attention from both the pro-life and pro-abortion movements, the boards of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Madison Surgery Center have voted to allow Madison Surgery Center to commit second-trimester abortions.

"It is imperative that pro-lifers across the nation fight these barbaric killing centers at every turn," said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League. "We will fight this injustice everywhere we find it, and we ask you to join us."

The organizations' secret plan to provide the abortions was uncovered by the Alliance Defense Fund in early January. Pro-life groups and individuals across Wisconsin have ceaselessly fought to halt it.

"Not only will the UW and Meriter be engaged in killing babies, they will now be training medical students in this grisly practice and exporting them to cities and towns throughout the country," said Peggy Hamill, PLW's state director.

Life Site News reports that the university has used human remains from aborted babies given to them by Madison's previous late-term abortionist.

Pro-Life Wisconsin plans to begin protests and vigils outside this medical facility immediately and is asking you to voice your disgust to the persons listed below, for this barbaric plan to dismember and kill preborn children at the Madison Surgery Center.

Let them know that this action is a blight on the good reputation of the University of Wisconsin and that the nation will now identify the school with the bloody practice of abortion and infanticide.

If you are a donor or alumnus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, or have any connection to the university, please inform them that you will not support them financially.

If you live outside of Wisconsin, please inform these people this plan is causing disgust and drawing condemnation nationwide and urge them to reverse their decision.

  • Jim Woodward, President and CEO, Meriter Hospital, (608) 417-6000,
  • Donna Katen-Bahensky, President and CEO, UW Hospital and Clinics: (608) 263-6400,
  • Jeffrey Grossman, MD, President and CEO, UW Medical Foundation, (608) 263-7013,

American Life League was co-founded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death.  For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942. 


Pro-Life Wisconsin:
UW/Meriter Surgical Clinic Given Final OK for Late-Term Abortions (6 September 2009)

Wisconsin State Journal: Madison Center to Offer Second Trimester Abortions (6 September 2009)

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Katie Walker
Director of Communication
American Life League
1179 Courthouse Road
Stafford, Virginia 22554


Wisconsin Right to Life Condems UW Hospitals and Clinics, UW Foundation
and Meritor Hospital Decision to Perform Second-Trimester Abortions


Wednesday, January  7, 2009


“Wisconsin Right to Life unequivocally condemns the decision by UW Hospitals and Clinics, the UW Medical Foundation and Meriter Hospital to open up a second-trimester abortion operation at the Madison Surgery Center,” declared Barbara Lyons , Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “The decision brings these medical facilities full circle back to the early 1980s when six babies within a short time span survived abortion attempts within their corridors.”

In 1982-83, two babies survived abortion attempts at UW Hospitals and Clinics and four babies survived abortion attempts at Madison General Hospital (now known as Meriter Hospital ).  All of the babies died within 27 hours of birth.  The abortions were performed up to the 26th week of pregnancy. 

“Intense public outcry rose from these live births which were the subject of numerous media articles,” stated Lyons.  “Wisconsin Right to Life will join other organizations to work to overturn this horrendous decision which is a blight on what should be the life-saving, not life-taking, work of medical professionals and facilities.”   

from Wisconsin Right to Life


For Immediate Release

Contact : Peggy Hamill, State Director, (262) 796-1111, Cell (414) 416-0489

Or Virginia Zignego, Communications Director, (262) 796-1111, Cell (262) 370-3993 

January 6, 2009


UW and Meriter Hospitals Secretly Plan

Late-Term Abortions at Madison Surgery Center

Pro-Life Wisconsin demands answers…


Today the Washington, DC-based Alliance Defense Fund exposed secret plans of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) and Meriter Hospital to provide a full range of second-trimester abortions at the Madison Surgery Center located at 1 South Park Street . The Madison Surgery Center is a joint venture of UWHC, the UW Medical Foundation, and Meriter Hospital . 


UW Health physician Caryn R. Dutton, Obstetrics and Gynecology, will perform these late-term abortions. Dutton is also affiliated with Meriter Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. 


Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director Peggy Hamill said of the proposal, “Pro-Life Wisconsin condemns the UWHC/Meriter Hospital plan to do late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center . We are appalled to learn that our own publicly-funded University of Wisconsin hospital and medical foundation is planning to directly participate in the dismemberment of second-trimester babies – babies that can suck their thumbs, turn somersaults in their mother’s wombs, and whose hearts are pumping gallons of blood every day. 


It is likely these babies will become an in-house source of fresh, cheap fetal body parts for UW research activities. 


How will this UWHC/Meriter plan accommodate existing state and federal laws that prohibit public funding of abortions and protect the conscience rights of our medical professionals? Medical staff at the Madison Surgery Center must be disheartened to learn that their esteemed, state-of-the-art surgical center will double as an abortion center.


Pro-Life Wisconsin demands answers and accountability from all partners of the Madison Surgery Center , namely the UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospitals and Clinics, and Meriter Hospital . We strongly urge them to abandon this morally reprehensible, potentially illegal plan. If it proceeds, the medical offices at 1 South Park Street can be assured of a constant pro-life presence outside their building as long as the killing continues.


We are asking all Wisconsinites alarmed by this plan to call the CEOs of these three medical institutions and express their strong opposition:


  • Donna Katen-Bahensky, President and CEO, UW Hospital and Clinics: (608) 263-6400
  • Jeffrey Grossman, MD, President and CEO, UW Medical Foundation, (608) 263-7013
  • Jim Woodward, President and CEO, Meriter Hospital , (608) 417-6000



from Pro-Life Wisconsin

For Immediate Release                                                                                           January 6, 2009

Contact:  State Senator Glenn Grothman

1-800-662-1227 - Capitol

  262-689-8421 – Cell


Grothman Asks UW Researchers Hard Questions About Harvesting Body Parts from Aborted Babies


MADISONToday State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) called upon the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to immediately use their influence with the Madison Surgery Center to reverse any plans to perform late-term abortions at its Park Street clinic. 

A national group, The Alliance Defense Fund, has leveled a shocking charge against the University Hospital and Clinics.  A claim has been made that they are intending to use their affiliation with the Madison Surgery Center to kill babies five or six months after conception.  They’ve also charged that UW researchers may be using body parts from these babies for research.

“It is important for the UW to immediately put this horrific rumor to rest if it is not true.  If true, this situation necessitates the use of all of its power on the Hospital Board to prevent implementation of this extremely offensive plan,” said Grothman. 

Other hospitals around the country are taking pride in their ability to provide normal lives for babies born at four or five months after conception. We in the State Legislature and members of the public certainly do not want the University to develop a nationwide reputation for killing these babies.  Babies born in the second trimester who weigh less than two pounds are living normal lives at an increasingly encouraging rate.  Abortions performed on children at this age are frequently done by dismembering the child which is an obviously incredibly painful, gruesome and horrific procedure.

Seven of the 16 members of the University Hospital and Clinics Board are affiliated with the University.