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.
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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