MADISON, Wisconsin, December 14, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In what is being hailed as a major victory for local pro-lifers, the University of Wisconsin has confirmed that the Madison Surgery Center will not be involved in late-term abortions and will not pursue the plans at any other location at this time.

Led by Pro-Life Wisconsin, local pro-lifers had been battling the late-term abortion scheme, which documents revealed was designed to supply the school with fresh fetal body parts, since January 2009.

“UW’s statement validates what we have suspected for a year,” said Peggy Hamill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin. “As 2010 draws to a close, we thank God for concluding this horrifying chapter in the ongoing struggle with UW’s commitment to abortion.”

The saga began when the Madison Surgery Center board voted to allow late-term abortions at a February 2009 meeting. The Madison Surgery Center is a joint partnership between Meriter Hospital, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation.

Since the late-term abortion plan was announced in January 2009, Pro-Life Wisconsin has held countless prayer vigils, attended by thousands; aired hundreds of pro-life television commercials in the Madison area; tens of thousands of people signed a pro-life petition; and hundreds boycotted the Madison Surgery Center.

“We applaud the pro-life medical staff of the Madison Surgery Center who spoke in public opposition to this plan,” Hamill continued. “Wisconsin already has one late-term abortion facility in Milwaukee, killing viable babies. Wisconsinites oppose dragging our publicly-funded state university even further into the abortion business.”