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UPDATE: UW Health says plans still on for late-term abortions

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Late term abortions has the Wisconsin Attorney General's Office at odds with a Madison Hospital.

It started with a letter from the State Attorney General's Office sent to an attorney in Eau Claire.

The woman had requested an investigation into whether those procedures were legal at the Madison Surgery Center.

In the letter, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Potter wrote that UW officials had abandoned plans to perform second trimester abortions, so no investigation was necessary.

But UW Health officials say they have not dropped the plans.

In an emailed statement they said, "UW Health remains committed to a comprehensive women's reproductive health service that includes this important procedure."

27 news called the Attorney General's Office and they tell us they stand by the information in the letter, saying their information was from a legal counselor at UW Legal Services.

Abortion rights groups say they're just happy the option is still on the table.

"Where ever the location, we are certainly pleased that women in need in this community will have access to second trimester abortion care," said Lisa Subeck of NARL Pro-Choice Wisconsin.

"Certainly if they try to move this to a different location with different physicians, certainly we will be there to fight that," said Matt Sande of Pro-Life Wisconsin.

UW health officials said because of the sensitive nature of this issue, they've decided not to discuss where the later term abortions will be performed.

The last time second trimester abortions were offered in Madison was in 2008.

The private physician who performed them retired.

The closest facility offering second trimester abortions is in Milwaukee.


MADISON (WKOW) -- UW Health is denying a report that it scrapping plans to offer late-term abortions at a Madison clinic.

A letter sent Friday from an attorney with the state Department of Justice says that the UW had abandoned its controversial plan to offer second-trimester abortions at the clinic.

According to a statement released by UW Health on Wednesday, the report was not true. The statement says "UW Health remains strongly committed to a comprehensive women's reproduction health service that includes this important procedure."

The board that oversees the clinic approved a plan to begin offering abortions there back in February 2009 but the services have not begun.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The state attorney general's office says that the University of Wisconsin has abandoned plans to provide late-term abortions at a clinic in Madison.

Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter says in a letter dated Friday that he obtained information from the university indicating it was dropping plans for the clinic.

A spokesman for University of Wisconsin hospitals and clinics did not immediately return a message Wednesday.

Potter's letter was sent to an Eau Claire woman who had asked the attorney general's office to investigate whether plans to provide abortions at the Madison Surgery Center were illegal.

Potter says the office will not be investigating since plans to do abortions have been dropped.

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