Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
Press Release

Republicans on the Senate Health Committee Advance Bills to Restrict Access to Preventive Health Care

Both defunding bills are intended to block PPWI and other family planning providers from receiving federal funding for providing preventative reproductive care to those in need.

By - Oct 13th, 2015 03:16 pm

MADISON — On Tuesday the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services moved a pair of bills forward intended to cut off patient access to essential preventive health care provided by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) and other non-profit family planning providers. The bills passed on a party-line vote despite strong opposition from health care providers and patients who rely on Planned Parenthood for their health care needs. One of the two defunding bills blocking the Title X family planning grant from PPWI,  could be voted on in the Senate as early as next week, the last stop before landing on Gov. Walker’s desk.

Both defunding bills are intended to block PPWI and other family planning providers from receiving federal funding for providing preventative reproductive care to those in need. Planned Parenthood is the largest nonprofit community based reproductive health care provider in Wisconsin and serves more than 60,000 women and men each year. The majority of patients served by Planned Parenthood consider PPWI to be their primary care provider. No other health care provider has indicated they will be able to step in if Planned Parenthood is unable to continue providing preventive health care.

“As the largest nonprofit, community based reproductive health care provider in the state that has served the communities’ health care needs for 80 years, we know the need for affordable, quality preventive health care.” said Tanya Atkinson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. “This is a clear political agenda to block access to reproductive health care at the state’s most trusted provider. This is not the will of the public in Wisconsin, which is why so many health partners, patients and members of the community oppose these bills and stand with Planned Parenthood.”

Planned Parenthood is an essential public health partner that has been credited with helping to avert over 21,000 pregnancies in 2013, which would have likely resulted in 10,500 unplanned births and 7,200 abortions. Further, by reducing unintended pregnancies and other negative reproductive outcomes, these providers helped save the state and federal governments $171.5 million in 2010 alone.

“Planned Parenthood has served the community for 80 years and we will continue to be there for our patients in the face of these political attacks – no matter what,” said Atkinson.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin is the advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. PPAWI engages in legislative and educational activity and works to elect candidates to office that support these goals.

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16 thoughts on “Republicans on the Senate Health Committee Advance Bills to Restrict Access to Preventive Health Care”

  1. Alene Bidwell says:

    Why? Why would you cut off preventive care for people. Is it because the insurance companies are not making money on it. When it’s nonprofit, you want to cut it, but when it involves someone else making a profit then you don’t. Nowadays your doctor expects to to come in to see them at least once or twice a year whether you need to or not. If you don’t, after a period of time they drop you as a patient. Whatever happened to seeing a doctor when you need to and not when you don’t need to?

  2. Paul says:

    Alene, it’s because of the illegal selling of body parts and the continued lying about it

  3. Alene Bidwell says:

    Paul,
    That accusation has been found false in every state where it has been investigated. There is not and has not been any selling of tissue. Any tissue that has been used for scientific purposes has been donated, not sold. You should open your eyes and see how much harm cutting this funding will do to people’s lives. Not everyone qualifies for ACA health insurance or Medicaid. They will be left with no resources for their health care.

  4. Paul says:

    Alene, obviously you haven’t watched the unedited videos that are out there. Also why has Planned Parenthood changed their policies about it.

  5. Vincent Hanna says:

    The great irony here is that Planned Parenthood did not commit any crime, but the person recording the doctored videos did. Hopefully he is held accountable and punished for breaking the law.

  6. Paul says:

    Vincent, selling body parts for profit is a crime, also the full unedited videos are out there for you to watch.

  7. Vincent Hanna says:

    Again, for those who are learning impaired, Planned Parenthood did not commit a crime. The person who made the recordings did commit a crime. Since Paul is a law & order conservative, he fully supports charging that person with a crime. Otherwise Paul is a massive hypocrite.

  8. Paul says:

    Vincent, what crime did the person making the videos commit, I already told you what Planned Parenthood did that was illegal.

  9. Vincent Hanna says:

    CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE SECTION 630-638 – “two-party consent” law.

    You are completely wrong Paul. 100% wrong. http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2015/oct/07/john-stemberger/planned-parenthood-has-been-found-illegally-sell-b/

    Stemberger said Planned Parenthood has “now (been) found to also illegally sell baby parts.”

    Videos from the Center for Medical Progress have led to lots of debate among activists and politicians, but federal law allows for fetal tissue donations to researchers. Abortion providers also are allowed to charge a fee for facilitating those donations. At any rate, the Florida affiliates are not participating in these types of transactions.

    Stemberger’s letter makes it sound as if Planned Parenthood had been proven guilty of a crime, which is not accurate. He also made a host of other accusations against the Florida organization for which we can’t find evidence.

    We rate his statement False.

  10. Paul says:

    Vincent, they were negotiating prices.
    Once again what did the filmmakers do that was illegal? It is legal to record in a public space where others could easily overhear the conversation.

  11. Tim says:

    Paul, you don’t have any credibility. Not for a one-time mis-quote or accidentally posting info that’s false.

    It’s the non-stop outright lies that you post & your sad attempts at undermining the facts of a situation. Thank the flying spaghetti monster that science overcame people like you or we’d still be sacrificing virgins into a volcano for good crops.

  12. AG says:

    Vincent Hanna, relating this conversation to the one we had about cars vs bikes… it’s about ethics more than laws.

    It is unethical to perform abortions and it’s unethical to sell the dead baby’s body parts. Even worse, it is unethical to alter your medical procedures in order to make the most money off of them. In one video they even acknowledge this, yet they did it anyway whenever it was assumed they could justify it.

  13. Paul says:

    Tim, what did I post that was false?

  14. Vincent Hanna says:

    Paul, you hate PP and believe they acted illegally and nothing will convince you otherwise, facts be damned. At the same time you believe the guy making the videos is a hero, so you dismiss his lawbreaking.

  15. Eric S says:

    We’re just talking in circles here.

    Has either party been charged with a crime? Has either party been convicted of a crime? (I don’t know the answer, I haven’t looked it up, I’m just wondering if anyone has answers, rather than just accusations of wrongdoing.)

    As far as abortion generally, some argue that abortion is immoral. Some argue that forcing a woman to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term is immoral. There is not a clear cut, (near) universally accepted belief.

  16. Paul says:

    Vincent, once again it is not illegal to record a conversation in a public area where others can overhear. It is illegal to sell body parts, to alter medical procedures to make money or without the consent of the patient.

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