Wisconsin Watch, a nonprofit news organization, recently published two articles about the complex future of abortion in Wisconsin and physician opinions on why abortion is a necessary part of health care. UW Ob-Gyn faculty shared their expertise in both articles.
“Wisconsin faces a ‘tangled series’ of abortion laws dating back to 1849 as it heads into a possible post-Roe future” includes interviews with Abby Cutler, MD, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, and Division of Reproductive and Population Health/UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, MD, MPH.
Cutler discussed the impact the coming U.S. Supreme Court decision that may overturn Roe v. Wade could have on abortion care in Wisconsin. Higgins shared information on current barriers to accessing abortion care, and perspective on whether laws limiting abortion access are based in medicine and science.
In “Are abortions ever medically necessary? Wisconsin doctors say yes.”, Cutler and emeritus professor Doug Laube, MD talked about the physical risks that come with carrying a pregnancy, and instances where restrictions to abortion access may put peoples’ health at risk.