By James Tillman
MADISON, Wisconsin, June 14, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Abortionist Caryn Dutton is leaving the University of Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood Wisconsin to take a job at Harvard University, according to documents uncovered by Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Alliance Defense Fund. Her departure means that Madison Surgery Center is, for the moment, left without an abortionist to help implement their plans to provide late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center.
“Caryn Dutton was central to plans to provide late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center,” Virginia Zignego of Pro-Life Wisconsin told LifeSiteNews (LSN). “[The University of Wisconsin] is saying her departure will mean a change in who provides the service – but from what we know, they don't have anybody else … who is willing to perform late-term abortions.”
Dutton also performs abortions at the local Planned Parenthood clinic in Madison.
Madison Surgery Center (MSC), a joint partnership between Meriter Hospital, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, had voted to allow late-term abortions at a February 2009 meeting.
Documents obtained by Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Alliance Defense Fund by the Freedom of Information Act raised serious concerns that the late-term abortions were meant to provide the school's medical researchers with newly-harvested fetal body parts for experimentation.
After a barrage of pro-life outrage from across the country, the Attorney General of Wisconsin said that the University of Wisconsin would abandon the plan. But shortly afterwards, University of Wisconsin Health reaffirmed its dedication to providing late-term abortions.
According to some the continued dedication of the University of Wisconsin to abortion is of dubious legality. Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter wrote on May 25 to State Auditor Janice Mueller, telling her that the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority may be violating state law by paying resident physicians while they are being trained as abortionists at the Madison Planned Parenthood.
Wisconsin law states that with only a few exceptions no state funds shall be used for performing abortions. The University of Wisconsin received approximately $457 million from the state of Wisconsin in the fiscal year 2009-2010.
Nevertheless, amid the heavy opposition of pro-lifers and some staff, the plans for late-term abortions at MSC have never been implemented.
“Its great that a Planned Parenthood abortionist is no longer on UW staff,” Zignego told LSN. Four other UW doctors, however, remain under contract with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to provide abortion services.
Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Alliance Defense Fund also recently uncovered documents showing that UW intentionally obfuscated their own statements regarding where and when they would try to offer abortions. Beth Fultz, director of corporate communications for UW health, said of one statement: “Here's the vaguer than vague version 2.”
“UW no longer upholds its famous dictum, ‘The University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which the truth alone can be found,’” said Zignego, who is a UW graduate. “UW instead aims to obfuscate, slice and dice the truth with the blood of the unborn.”
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