Due To New Law, Planned Parenthood Of Wisconsin Suspends All Medication Abortions
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) announced Friday that they will be forced to end distribution of all medication abortions — known as the abortion pill — because of a new law just enacted that has too many gray areas and makes it too legally risky for the organization to continue providing the pill.
The law, Act 217, is part of Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) anti-abortion agenda, aimed at making it harder for a woman to choose an abortion.
“This is just one piece of a very anti-woman agenda put in place by this government.” said Nicole Safar, policy director for PPWI.
Specifically, Act 217 changes “informed consent” laws — the process a doctor has to follow before he or she can administer the pill. Act 217 creates criminal penalties for providers of medication abortions if they don’t follow the ambiguous legislative restrictions. And the penalties are strict. According to the bill’s language:
Under this bill, a person who gives a woman an abortion-inducing drug in a manner that violates the prohibition is guilty of a Class I felony and may be subject to a civil action. This bill specifies that a penalty may not be assessed against a woman who receives an abortion-inducing drug.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin gives care to about 80,000 a year. Since they will no longer be distributing the pill, it will become significantly harder to access. Women who lose the option of the abortion pill will be forced to have a surgical abortion — a more invasive procedure that can carry greater medical risks for some.
The battle over abortion in Wisconsin has been particularly fierce. Just a few weeks ago, a Planned Parenthood in the state was firebombed.
A win in Oklahoma, a loss in Wisconsin. Sigh.