An arrangement between UW Hospitals and a Madison clinic to provide second-trimester abortions for women is raising questions.
State Senator Glenn Grothman says fetuses would be aborted five or six months after conception, according to allegations from the Alliance Defense Fund. The West Bend Republican says that's something many hospitals won't do.
Grothman is also concerned the agreement could violate state laws, which says public money can't be used to perform abortions.
Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Brunette says that's not the case. She says the procedures will be paid for by insurance or student fees. She adds that attorneys for the university are confident the arrangement is legal.
The plan is in response to the recent retirement of Dr. Dennis Christensen of the Madison Abortion Clinic, the only doctor in the region who performed second-trimester abortions.
WIBA's John Colbert contributed this report.