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A Doctor Testifies: Wisconsin SB 306 Will Endanger My Patients

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Written by Fredrik Broekhuizen, MD for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the  original post.

Dear Chairwoman Vukmir and Senate Health Committee Members:

I provide abortion care to patients in hospital settings as well as in outpatient clinics.  A significant number of these patients undergo medically indicated abortions for lethal fetal anomalies or to preserve their life or health. Often, patients have significant medical problems (as cancer, diabetes, heart failure) which require expertise and care in addition to a safe abortion procedure.  Many of the patients I treat are referred to me by their primary care physician in Wisconsin, often from a significant distance. I have described examples of the care I provide in the attached article I wrote for the Capitol Times a few months ago.

I oppose SB 306 since it interferes with the ability of myself and other physicians to practice sound evidence-based medicine. This bill interferes with my ability to provide care to patients in need of my expertise and it limits patient choice and autonomy.

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