The pro-abortion medical establishment in Madison, Wis., encountered a problem last summer.

Their community’s late-late-term abortionist, Dennis Christensen, announced he was retiring at year’s end, and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin would be taking over his mill.

In reality, according to e-mails acquired by attorney Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defense Fund through a public records request, Christensen wasn’t retiring at all.

Christensen had some sort of contract to abort with PPWI, which shared space with him. The two simply hit a dead end resolving “issues and negotiations,” according to an e-mail written by PPWI associate medical director Dr. Caryn Dutton to Dr. Laurel Rice, chair of ob/gyn at the University of Wisconsin medical school.

It appears Christensen wanted more money. Pro-lifers have spotted him entering abortion mills in Rockford, Ill., and Milwaukee since “retiring.”

But sans an association with late-late-term abortion aficionado Christensen, PPWI in Madison couldn’t commit abortions past 18 weeks. And with Dutton solo at the helm, an extension to 24 weeks wasn’t going to happen.

Why was Dutton e-mailing Rice? She was making a pitch for UW Madison Hospital and its affiliate Meriter Hospital to launch their own late-late-term abortion practice, with her as the lead teaching abortionist.

Bearing this in mind, Dutton’s explanation to Rice as to why PPWI Madison couldn’t expand services was remarkable.

Dutton wrote that due to “most importantly, the support-approvals needed through PPFA [Planned Parenthood Federation of America] at a time when the confidence in our ab service provision was very LOW, we decided to not ask for an extension in our gestational age limit of services. …”

Dutton wanted to commit later, more dangerous abortions at a UW/Meriter facility when PPFA had expressed “LOW confidence” in her ability to commit earlier, supposedly safer abortions at its facility. And Rice was on board.

Why? UW today weakly claims this, of course, is about women’s health. But in reality this is about the health of the abortion industry, a perpetually marginalized medical profession trying to force its way into the mainstream.

Wrote Rice in another email to pro-abortion colleagues:

[F]or all the right reasons the “Madison Community” [which Rice referred to as “cheeseland” in another e-mail] needs to step up to the plate. Caryn and I are not going to give up on this… to come up with the best plan for… community integration. As painful as it is, the process we are going through now is imperative in establishing not only best practice, but full commitment on everyone’s part.

This was in response to an e-mail browbeating by Milwaukee Planned Parenthood abortionist Fredrik Broekhuizen, who wrote:

[W]e need to safeguard hospital base abortion practices … at the few hospitals in the state that do not have a religious affiliation. … PPWI should and cannot not [sic] be the solution for all abortion needs in the state. …

A statement Obama chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel recently made is applicable here. He said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste … an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Abortion hardliners in the Wisconsin medical community are using the defection of one late-late-term abortionist to attempt to convert the entire medical community from within, forcing not only doctors of various specialties but also nurses, staff secretaries, nursing assistants, cleaning personnel, medical students, residents and administrators to get their hands dirty.

And they don’t care who they run over.

The facility the group had their eye on was a same-day ambulatory surgical center for minor operations like bunion or cataract removal linked by bridge to Meriter, two-thirds owned by UW and one-third by Meriter. Dutton admitted in an e-mail she knew “other specialties and departments are terrified of having abortion happening in their ‘space.'” So what.

In November, Rice wrote, “I was told that they [Meriter Board] are going to vote next month. My expectation is that this is going to move ahead … regardless of the vote.”

Lucky for Meriter, the board approved, or they’d have learned the hard way how little their votes mattered.

Rice and her group went to “the world’s most famous family planner” for advice, according to Rice, David Grimes, a late-term abortionist associated with the University of North Carolina as well as the Centers for Disease Control. The group even visited Grimes’ mill, getting the help of an abortion mastermind to plot out their strategy.


What we see happening in Madison, Wis., is a model to force late-term abortions into every community, so this floundering backwater of malpractitioners will not collapse.

Readers wanting copies of the e-mails discussed in this column may request them by e-mailing me.


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