Citing concerns over a new state law placing more requirements abortion providers, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has suspended so-called “pill abortions.” Nicole Safer, public policy director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, says the abortion pill provides the safest means of abortion for many women, but a new law has forced the agency’s move. “The real problem is that they create new burdens for physicians to comply with, they don’t give us any direction on how to comply, and then they attach a felony to that compliance.”
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The law, signed recently by Governor Scott Walker, creates criminal penalties for physicians who fail to follow legislatively-prescribed procedures. The new law requires that women undergoing nonsurgical abortions – which are available only for the first nine weeks of pregnancy – visit the same doctor three times. Doctors are required to make sure women are not being coerced into having an abortion.