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Old 07-04-2013, 11:54 PM   #241
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Here we go, Scott Walker and the GOP in Wisconsin sign an abortion bill on a holiday. What bravery.

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Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Friday requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges, and abortion clinics responded by immediately suing state officials over the measure.

The law — signed Friday by Walker in a private ceremony — would cut the number of clinics offering abortions in Wisconsin from four to two, and one of the remaining clinics will have to dramatically cut the number of abortions it provides, according to the operators of the clinics. The law is to take effect Monday.

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Huyck said if the suit does not block the law, Planned Parenthood would have to close its Appleton abortion clinic and offer at least 50% fewer abortions at its Milwaukee facility. Affiliated would have to close its Milwaukee clinic, according to the suit.

That would mean abortions in Wisconsin would not be available north of Madison, and after the 19th week of pregnancy would not be available anywhere in the state, according to the suit.

The clinics are asking the court to immediately block the law, contending it violates the constitution's due process guarantee, puts an undue burden on a woman's right to choose abortion and unconstitutionally treats doctors who perform abortions differently than doctors who perform other services.

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Abortion is an outpatient service that rarely requires hospitalization, she said. When it does, patients quickly get into nearby hospitals without problems under the current system, she said.

She said getting admitting privileges would be impossible in some cases because some hospitals require physicians to admit a certain numbers of patients annually, and abortion doctors rarely have reason to admit patients to hospitals.


Larry Dupuis, an American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin attorney representing Affiliated Medical Services, said it would take that clinic months to obtain admitting privileges, if they could be obtained at all. Meanwhile, women with scheduled abortions would not be able to get them.

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The law requires women seeking abortions to get ultrasounds and requires doctors providing them to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

The law's critics call the ultrasound provision an unnecessary infringement on the doctor-patient relationship but do not plan to challenge it in court at this time. Supporters say the provision makes sure women seeking abortions have as much information as possible.

Other states in recent years have also enacted ultrasound requirements. Wisconsin would become the ninth state to have such a law. Under the provision, the person performing the ultrasound must describe the dimensions of the fetus, its external features and its heartbeat. The ultrasound monitor would be in view of the woman, but she would not be forced to look at it.
This bill is also not related to a woman's right to choose.

Keep in mind that the state is down to only 4 clinics because the GOP previously de-funded Planned Parenthood.

Scott Walker signs abortion bill, providers quickly sue
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:30 AM   #243
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Scott Walker is an awful person.
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:34 AM   #244
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So now they figured they can't ban abortions completely by law, they found another way to make sure they will be much harder to provide?
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:50 PM   #245
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Huyck said if the suit does not block the law, Planned Parenthood would have to close its Appleton abortion clinic and offer at least 50% fewer abortions at its Milwaukee facility.
Or PP could use some of its $150M profit to raise the standards of its clinics.

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The law's critics call the ultrasound provision an unnecessary infringement on the doctor-patient relationship but do not plan to challenge it in court at this time.
My wife has been pregnant four times (three kids and one miscarriage). With every pregnancy, when we've thought she was pregnant, the first thing we've done after taking an EPT is schedule a doctor's visit which includes an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy. This is a normal -- and critical -- part of the process for OB/GYNs. Does PP really want to interfere with that or -- more foolishly -- call it illegal? (Clearly not.)

Information about a fetus's viability is also important medical information. What the patient chooses to do with that information remains hers. Should she not be presented with it?

You have likened this process to dentistry. When I got my wisdom teeth out, I got all kinds of pamphlets and information about the process, including any risks; should those wishing to have an abortion receive less information?

You have said that you and I define "rare" differently, as well as the routes to "rare" (though I have to say, we agree on more than we disagree in terms of the value of and need for education, as well as economic assistance for those in need). Maybe we also define "safe" differently? From my perspective, the best choice is an informed one. Maybe we have different views on that.

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This bill is also not related to a woman's right to choose.
The right to choose is different from the right to access. The right to choose remains Constitutionally-protected; I did not realize that the government was also Constitutionally-mandated to also provide access to abortion. That's a pretty big stretch.

To use a different (but, perhaps, relevant) example: the Constitution allows the freedom to bear arms. This however does not restrict the government from putting stronger and better restrictions on who gets to carry a weapon, for the safety of the gun owner, as well as anyone who may be injured by such a weapon. The right to bear arms cannot be equated with the right to bear arms without restrictions, and those restrictions are constantly evolving.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:47 PM   #246
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You have said that you and I define "rare" differently, as well as the routes to "rare" (though I have to say, we agree on more than we disagree in terms of the value of and need for education, as well as economic assistance for those in need). Maybe we also define "safe" differently? From my perspective, the best choice is an informed one. Maybe we have different views on that.
Maybe. I am with these people.

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The Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards, the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, the Wisconsin Hospital Association, and the Wisconsin Public Health Association all declined to endorse the proposals when Republicans fast-tracked the bills through the legislature in June.
Why do you think they all refused to support the bill? Because they are leftist extremists? Could it be that medical professionals don't want to endorse intrusive, unnecessary medical tests?
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:52 AM   #247
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I once thought about moving to Madison, WI because it has a good job market, plus it's a nice small city with a progressive attitude, and much cheaper than NYC.

Looks like I'm staying put here in NYC. If worst comes to worst, and somehow the lawmakers in New York lose their minds and jump on the radical anti-abortion measurement bandwagon, I might consider fleeing the country. I might be a little facetious there, but what's happening is scary.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:58 AM   #248
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Or PP could use some of its $150M profit to raise the standards of its clinics.



My wife has been pregnant four times (three kids and one miscarriage). With every pregnancy, when we've thought she was pregnant, the first thing we've done after taking an EPT is schedule a doctor's visit which includes an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy. This is a normal -- and critical -- part of the process for OB/GYNs. Does PP really want to interfere with that or -- more foolishly -- call it illegal? (Clearly not.)

Information about a fetus's viability is also important medical information. What the patient chooses to do with that information remains hers. Should she not be presented with it?

You have likened this process to dentistry. When I got my wisdom teeth out, I got all kinds of pamphlets and information about the process, including any risks; should those wishing to have an abortion receive less information?

You have said that you and I define "rare" differently, as well as the routes to "rare" (though I have to say, we agree on more than we disagree in terms of the value of and need for education, as well as economic assistance for those in need). Maybe we also define "safe" differently? From my perspective, the best choice is an informed one. Maybe we have different views on that.



The right to choose is different from the right to access. The right to choose remains Constitutionally-protected; I did not realize that the government was also Constitutionally-mandated to also provide access to abortion. That's a pretty big stretch.

To use a different (but, perhaps, relevant) example: the Constitution allows the freedom to bear arms. This however does not restrict the government from putting stronger and better restrictions on who gets to carry a weapon, for the safety of the gun owner, as well as anyone who may be injured by such a weapon. The right to bear arms cannot be equated with the right to bear arms without restrictions, and those restrictions are constantly evolving.
While many may not agree with your conclusions, you present a very rational analysis of these elements.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:33 AM   #249
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Could it be that medical professionals don't want to endorse intrusive, unnecessary medical tests?
As I have stated previously, an ultrasound for a possibly-pregnant woman contemplating abortion is hardly "unnecessary."

Declining to endorse is hardly an indemnification. As I have said before, this issue is such a complicated, loaded political football that it's easier not to say anything at all. This allows people like Gosnell and Karpen (and, historically, other providers like Raymond Showery (Controversial El Paso abortion provider dies - El Paso Times) to operate. It took years for the associate of Dr. Tiller in KS (no stranger to controversy himself) to lose her license after a lengthy investigation which concluded that she put her patients health at risk. (Kan. doctor loses license over abortion referrals)

Additionally, famously, back in the late-90s, a prominent abortion rights advocate admitted that he had lied about statistics related to the rarity of late-term abortions, saying that they were performed far more often than was reported. (An Abortion Rights Advocate Says He Lied About Procedure - NYTimes.com)

I think the medical community has a history of sticking their heads in the sand about this issue. To be sure, I don't think there's some grand conspiracy at play. But when your only options are to be labeled a baby killer by the right or a woman hater on the left, and you're supposed to remain neutral for the sake of your patients, sometimes neutrality is the best option.
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As I have stated previously, an ultrasound for a possibly-pregnant woman contemplating abortion is hardly "unnecessary."
What purpose does it serve? "Oh, look. See? It's a baby"

Honestly though, what is the benefit of a pre-abortion ultrasound?
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What purpose does it serve? "Oh, look. See? It's a baby"

Honestly though, what is the benefit of a pre-abortion ultrasound?
Besides confirming the pregnancy, you mean?
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Besides confirming the pregnancy, you mean?
Are we having abortions to terminate non-pregnancies?
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Are we having abortions to terminate non-pregnancies?
The first step after you believe you may be pregnant -- and taking an EPT which can generate false positives -- is to go to a doctor who can confirm whether or not you are indeed pregnant. This is neither invasive nor unnecessary, but rather a crucial step in determining whether you are actually pregnant.

Do you believe otherwise? Or do you believe that the best choice is the least informed one?
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Is there an issue with women going in for abortions only to find out they weren't pregnant to begin with? I've never heard of that. Or is this an attempt by pro-lifers (fuck, I hate that term) to rub their noses in it?
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The first step after you believe you may be pregnant -- and taking an EPT which can generate false positives -- is to go to a doctor who can confirm whether or not you are indeed pregnant. This is neither invasive nor unnecessary, but rather a crucial step in determining whether you are actually pregnant.
By a blood test! I've never known anyone to go in after a positive HPT to confirm with an ultrasound because the gestational sac does not form immediately. It's disingenuous to suggest that ultrasounds confirm pregnancy - blood tests do. Ultrasounds are used later to look for a heartbeat.
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