UW-Madison Health Services seeks to help students after abortion ban

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – University Health Services on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus is helping students find resources after the return of Wisconsin’s abortion ban, which makes any type of abortion except when the life of a pregnant woman is at risk, illegal. Now, UHS is trying to continue the mission staff the service has always stood for: helping students find the care they need for their healthcare decisions.

“We will help them navigate in the same way as we have throughout the period leading up to the publication of this decision; obviously some choices are more complicated than they were in the past,” said general manager Jake Baggott.

Baggott says UHS will work with students to find the resources based on their decision, even if it means going to another state for treatment.

“And so the options that are available, some of them are not the same in the state they were before, and so we’re going to help connect them to the options that they’re looking to explore,” said Baggot.

Other organizations are also willing to help, offering their resources to the most affected demographic groups. Students juggling tuition and classes who also become pregnant face new costs in addition to health care needs. According to The American Journal of Public Health, women between the ages of 20 and 24 account for one-third of unintended pregnancies in the United States and 34% of abortions.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin says abortion services are suspended, but resources are still available.

“We encourage people to contact Wisconsin Planned Parenthood if they need an abortion because we can support them and help navigate them to other states,” Tanya Atkinson said.

And Pro-Life Wisconsin communications director Anna DeMeuse said the organization partners with community funds statewide for scholarship opportunities. She noted that the Pregnancy Resource Center also offers free resources and courses.

“For years, pro-lifers have been funding these clinics, donating diapers, baby wipes, parenting classes, whatever you need before, during and after pregnancy,” DeMeuse said.

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