Because we believe it’s important for those on all sides of this issue to have accurate information, we are attaching a fact sheet regarding the Madison Surgery Center plan. We hope it will clarify the facts and answer any questions you may have.
So then I opened up the email attachment - entitled FactSheet:
Pregnancy termination services at Madison Surgery Center
*the red italics are my thoughts
*The decision to terminate a pregnancy is an intensely personal one, permitted by the laws of Wisconsin and the United States government. -- there's that 'personal decision' line again ~
*The debate over whether second-trimester terminations are right or wrong is a societal discussion. The joint partners in Madison Surgery Center believe it is their responsibility to provide a full continuum of care in all medical areas – including the full range of legal services associated with women’s health, family planning and reproductive health care. -- reproductive health care? That sounds so... caring ~
*This is not a new service for the Madison area, nor are increases in the number of second trimester terminations anticipated -- then why offer them???! ~. What has changed is the location. These procedures have been available in Madison for many years by Dr. Dennis Christensen, who retired in December. The decision to continue offering these procedures at Madison Surgery Center assures continuity of access to this service in a patient-oriented environment.
*No state funding will be used to compensate physicians for performing second trimester terminations. Payment is solely through private, third-party coverage or self-pay -- $$$$ ~. The malpractice insurance of those physicians is through private, third-party coverage only, not via public funding.
*Second trimester terminations account for approximately 10 percent of all pregnancy terminations. Approximately 120-130 have been performed annually in Madison -- wow, let's all cheer!! ~.
*No physicians, residents, students or staff will be required to participate in any aspect of this procedure if it is against their personal beliefs -- well, for NOW~. Participation is strictly voluntary. -- that's what you say. What about the baby? Is he volunteering his life? ~
*There is no research of any sort associated with these procedures. Tissue from the procedures will be collected and disposed of in the same manner as tissues from other surgical procedures performed at Madison Surgery Center -- tissue? It's a baby. Even young children understand this - the most innocent of us all ~
*There is no financial incentive for the MSC to perform second trimester terminations -- HA! ~. These procedures are offered to ensure that the Madison-area community has safe access to a legal medical procedure -- 'medical' insinuates that someone is going to be helped... not killed~.
*Any patient requesting second trimester pregnancy termination health services must offer full consent, agree to a 24-hour waiting period, and will receive counseling services that offer alternatives to the procedure. -- oh, what a nice compassionate thing to do ~