Tuesday, June 28, 2011
University of Wisconsin Hospital Fears State Budget Provision May Jeopardize Abortion Training
Wisconsin State Journal: UW Hospital: Abortion language inserted into state budget could jeopardize OB/GYN accreditation, by Deborah Ziff:
A provision inserted in the state budget would prohibit UW Hospital and Clinics from funding abortions, but it's unclear whether that will stop the hospital from offering required abortion experience to doctors-in-training.
Abortions are not performed at UW Hospital and Clinics, but obstetrics and gynecology residents train at Planned Parenthood to learn about family planning, which includes the opportunity to perform abortions.
State law currently prohibits the use of public funds to pay physicians to perform abortions with few exceptions, but the new legislation specifically targets UW Hospital and Clinics. UW Hospital and Clinics is a public authority and does not receive state funding. . . .