So says David Walsh, chairman of the Board of Regents and member of the UW Hospital Foundation Board, about the decision to offer second trimester abortions at a clinic owned, in part, by UW Hospital and Clinics and the UW Medical Foundation. The Supreme Court has created an unfettered right to second trimester abortions so this UW affiliated entity has to provide them.
No, it doesn't.
That you have a constitutional right to something does not mean that I have to provide it. Although presumably private insurers or patients will pay for the abortions and the doctors who perform them are on the state payroll, their compensation for doing so will come from a private source. But, of course, there is more to it than that. These doctors will be using what is, at least in part, state funded infrastructure and support staff.
The proposal may violate the law. Pursuant to WIS. STAT. § 20.927, no funds of the state or of any state agency may be paid to either an physician, surgeon, hospital, clinic or other medical facility for the performance of an abortion. Under WIS. STAT. § 20.9275, no state or federal funds from various sources may be used for a program that either provides, encourages, or refers for abortions.
The UW claims that state funds won't "directly" subsidize abortions but the statutory language is rather broad and its not clear that the provision of abortions that do not fall within certain statutory exceptions in a clinic that operates, at least in part, with state funds won't run afoul of the statute.
Beyond that, it seems to me that the same moral misgivings that make it almost impossible to find a doctor that will do these suggest that the state ought not to undertake them in our name.