How late can an abortion be done in Wisconsin? The answer will shock you.
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37 states allow abortions past 24 weeks gestational age. Pro-abortion organizations believe all state bans on abortion are unconstitutional.
How late can Wisconsin children be aborted?
There exists a Wisconsin state ban on abortions after “viability” which is 22 weeks. The ban has a "life of the mother" exception - which unfortunately can be interpreted pretty much however the woman/doctor/psychologist want it to be. That means technically the abortion could be performed at any time during the pregnancy if any of the abortionists are willing to chop him/her out of the womb.
Planned Parenthood will perform abortions up to 12-14 weeks(officially). As we’ve seen with the Live Action videos, what actually occurs behind their doors is another story, so who knows what actually happens.
Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee is the only stand-alone abortion facility in WI that performs abortions up to 22 weeks (the same caveat as above). This was one of the reasons the pro-aborts claimed we “needed” the Madison Surgery Center to perform late-term abortions, because Milwaukee was too far to drive. While abortions in WI rose in 2009, late-term abortions actually dropped, because of the lack of late-term abortion providers.
Besides stand alone abortion facilities, we know for certain that other hospitals now perform elective abortions. Froedtert Memorial Lutheran in Milwaukee performs abortions, presumably the life of the mother ones. Froedtert Hospital agreed to partner with Columbia St. Mary’s, a “Catholic” hospital in the Milwaukee area. Apparently since abortions won’t be done on what is considered Columbia St. Mary's grounds, it wasn’t an issue. We also know that Gunderson Lutheran in La Crosse does, as does Bellin in Green Bay. Southwest Health in Platteville is rumored to also possibly perform even late term abortions. They’re hospitals, not stand-alone abortion facilities, so they fly somewhat under the radar.
When the state compiles the annual abortion statistics, it is prohibited by law from revealing where abortions are done or what doctors perform abortions. With the stand-alone facilities, they reveal the locations do abortions; but with the hospitals we have to use what is revealed in the media .
Wisconsin’s 2009 abortion stats show there were 136 abortions over 20 weeks gestation (it doesn’t break it down further than that, unfortunately. Page 8 at Wis DHS)
saline injection [warning: graphic], where saline solution is injected into the baby and the mother “delivers” the dead body 2 days later). The difference is that the baby’s body doesn’t leave the mother during any portion of the abortion. In that case, the partial birth ban does not apply and the child is covered under the Wisconsin state ban after viability(22 weeks) but if a psychologist or doctor recommends a woman needs a late term abortion, a saline injection abortion method can be used up until 9 months.
If you can find an abortionist (and they’re out there… Dennis Christensen still does late-term abortions in Milwaukee and in Rockford, Ill.) who would be willing to do an abortion up to nine months pregnancy, it would be legal, using the life of the mother clause. There are cases involving inner-city women who “ignored” their pregnancy until they were eight months pregnant and were able to have an abortion under the life of the mother clause; the argument was that because of their general lack of access to health care (whatever that means), it would be too traumatic to give birth, so the abortion was filed away under a mental health clause of the life of the mother exception.
This document from the State of Wisconsin describes the status of partial-birth abortion in WI and points out that in other states that ban partial-birth abortion, the life-of-the mother exception is generally allowed.