Saturday, 06 July 2013 12:20

Wisconsin Latest State to Implement Pro-Life Law

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Wisconsin has become the latest state to implement a law to protect the unborn. On July 5 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (shown) signed SB 206, also called “Sonya's Law,” which will require women seeking an abortion to first get an ultrasound, as well as require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital near the facility where they perform the procedure. Planned Parenthood said that the new law will force the closure of some of its Wisconsin abortion facilities, and has announced a lawsuit to stop the bill.

“What the Legislature has done is to set up a system where the ability to provide abortions is contingent on the decision of a private institution and that's unconstitutional,” complained Planned Parenthood attorney Lester Pines.

In its statement Planned Parenthood insisted that the new Wisconsin law “will jeopardize women’s health by shutting down two abortion health centers and decreasing capacity by at least 50 percent in one of the two remaining abortion health centers in Wisconsin. In a subsequent press release the national abortion company called the bill “part of a nationwide effort by opponents of women’s health to end access to safe and legal abortion by requiring unnecessary hospital admitting privileges for physicians who provide abortion.” The abortion giant expressed confidence that a federal judge would overrule the law as unconstitutional.

The Wisconsin bill is part of an aggressive push by pro-life groups across the nation to make it increasingly difficult for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood to ply their grisly trade. Early this year South Dakota passed the nation's most restrictive abortion law, banning the procedure after the sixth week of pregnancy. Similarly, Arkansas passed a law banning abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. And in April, Alabama's conservative legislature passed a measure similar to Wisconsin's, requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. In each case, Planned Parenthood has pulled out all the legal stops, filing suits to block implementation of the laws.

In a statement following Walker's low-key signing of the bill, the governor's office said the ultrasound section of the new law “improves a woman’s ability to make an informed choice that will protect her physical and mental health now and in the future.”

Susan Armacost of Wisconsin Right to Life, which lobbied the legislature for the bill's passage, thanked the governor for helping to protect the unborn. “Sonya’s Law will empower women to make truly informed decisions regarding how they will proceed with their pregnancies and will protect the lives of women who experience complications after their abortions,” Armacost explained.

She said that Planned Parenthood's announced lawsuit “is no surprise to anyone,” noting that the legal challenge will focus on the requirement that doctors have local hospital admitting privileges. “Apparently, Wisconsin's abortion clinics don't believe their abortionists need to have hospital privileges at a hospital located within 30 miles of their clinic — or anywhere at all,” she said. She recalled that prior to the law's passage, when a woman experienced complications following an abortion in a Wisconsin clinic, she would be loaded into an ambulance and sent to a hospital alone, where she would be required to explain her medical issues to an emergency room doctor. “The abortionist who performed the abortion is nowhere to be seen” in such a situation, Armacost explained. She said the new law will remedy this “deplorable situation.” She noted that thus far nine other states have passed laws requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges.

As for the ultrasound portion of the bill, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel explained in a June 1 article that it is named after a Wisconsin woman known as Sonya, who “learned she was pregnant with her third child in November.... Sonya worried about how she could handle another child, emotionally and financially. She seriously thought about abortion.” But then the young woman saw an advertisement for a free ultrasound and decided to have one. “She learned she was seven weeks pregnant,” the Journal-Sentinel recounted. “Once she saw her child and realized his heart was beating, Sonya made an emotional connection with her baby and made the decision to carry him to term. Sonya will deliver a baby boy in July.”

Wisconsin Right to Life noted that after seeing her baby's heartbeat on the ultrasound, “Sonya fell in love with her baby and knew she had to give birth. Sonya is a true hero for women like her and the babies that will be saved.”

Photo of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: AP Images


  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Monday, 08 July 2013 23:45 posted by Heidi Preston

    Ok...maybe a couple more just to make it more salient.
    What a sweetheart the founder of Planned Parenthood was-
    "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
    Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race
    (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

    On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
    "...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born." Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people.

    Supreme Court- Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s admission that her belief, “…that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of,”

    Note- Planned Parenthood has little concern for poor womens health, it's their population that they want aborted.

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Monday, 08 July 2013 23:24 posted by Heidi Preston

    "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
    Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race
    (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

    nuff said-

    footnote- the best thing Texas did was cut funding to Planned Parenthood. They seem to have an abundance of money for lawsuits, yet need handouts from the Government to support it.....

  • Comment Link Vivant Saturday, 06 July 2013 21:50 posted by Vivant

    Thank you Wisconsin Legislature and Gov. Walker from all the babies that may be saved by this bill when their moms admit they are really a person inside them and from all the women that may be saved by this bill when they are hemorrhaging after their abortion and the abortionists are held accountable and future women are saved.

  • Comment Link Dee Saturday, 06 July 2013 14:41 posted by Dee

    Men using Viagra is immoral, unnatural, against my religion, can result in abuse against children/women and unwanted pregnancy, and I don't want my taxes or insurance provider to pay for it. My philosophy is if a guy can't get it up on his own, tough luck for him and his mate because neither one is thinking straight and should just accept it. Gov. Walker, would you please get your on-the-tax payroll legislators to give you a bill to sign right away banning Viagra or at least make it law that for his protection the man who goes to the doctor for Viagra has to watch a video and listen to a lecture on how large his penis could get and what could happen after 4 hours or more of erection and how it could affect his mental stability and our country's morals? I'd really appreciate it if you could just disregard any opposition to such a law and get it signed right away. Then I can support you for president and we can carry on to make our agenda not only a state religion but a national one!

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