The University of WI Madison has been embroiled in controversy for over a year, since pro-lifers learned of its plans to begin committing late-term abortions.
caryn dutton pp.pngPlanned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s Associate Medical Director, abortionist Caryn Dutton, was central in attempting to bring abortion to UWM in her simultaneous capacity as doctor and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UWM.
Ironically, it was only because PP Federation of America’s “confidence in our ab service provision was very LOW,” according to an email from Dutton (retrieved via the Freedom of Information Act from the Alliance Defense Fund), that the idea to commit abortions past 18 weeks at UWM rather than PP was even conceived….

caryn dutton.jpgIn other words, PP did not trust Dutton’s skills.
And now Dutton (pictured left) is fleeing the scene of the crime, nice. Her lack of loyalty comes as no surprise. And Harvard sure knows how to pick ’em. The 2 deserve each other. From the Associated Press via the Boston Globe, June 14:

A University of WI doctor who was central to plans to provide late-term abortions in Madison is leaving for a job at Harvard University, officials said Monday, adding that they still plan to offer the procedure.

Caryn Dutton, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will join the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Dutton performed abortions at PP of WI and was heavily involved in plans to offer 2nd-trimester abortions at the Madison Surgery Center.
The plans were approved last year by the UW Hospital and Clinics Authority Board, the UW Medical Foundation and Meriter Hospital, which jointly operate the center. But they have never been implemented, and there’s been fierce opposition from anti-abortion protesters and some staff at the center.
Dutton’s resignation became public Monday, when Pro-Life Wisconsin, which opposes the plan, released e-mails it obtained under the open records law. UW Health spokeswoman Lisa Brunette confirmed, saying Dutton’s departure means “a change in who provides the service, but otherwise there is no change in our plans.”
The e-mails show UW Health officials came up with a script for dealing with media inquiries about Dutton’s departure, which they tried to downplay.
“I’d make this minimalistic,” UW Medical Foundation President Jeffrey Grossman wrote in a May 20 e-mail. Robert Golden, dean of the school of medicine and public health, added: “I agree with Jeff. The script is fine and ‘less is more’.”
Dutton declined to comment. But Laurel Rice, who chairs the department of obstetrics and gynecology, said her departure was an opportunity for career advancement.
“The position she has taken is too good for anyone to turn down,” Rice said.
The original plan called for other faculty to help Dutton staff the center, and Rice said they remained to that.
PP of WI President and CEO Teri Huyck thanked Dutton, who served as the group’s associate medical director, “for providing Wisconsin women with compassionate health care.”
Pro-Life WI spokeswoman Virginia Zignego said Dutton’s decision was surprising and a victory for opponents of abortion.
The news comes amid uncertainty about whether UW Health will follow through with plans to offer abortions for women 19 weeks to 22 weeks pregnant….
Assistant attorney General Kevin Potter said in a letter made public last month he believed plans for offering the service at the center had been abandoned. UW Health responded in a statement that it remained committed to offering “this important procedure” but refused to say where or when.
The e-mails released Monday show UW Health officials were deliberately vague about whether the surgery center was still under consideration as a location. They also show some officials were caught off guard by Potter’s letter and are growing tired of negative publicity.
“This raises a host of questions that will need to be answered and continues to put UW in the center of the pro-life debate,” senior vice president for medical affairs Carl Getto wrote to another official after the statement was sent. “Why are we saying this?”

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