Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
Press Release

Assembly Passes Bill Banning Abortion Coverage

"If this policy becomes law, families in Wisconsin will have to pay the full cost of an unexpected medical emergency out of pocket."

By - Nov 2nd, 2017 05:00 pm
Nicole Safar, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin\’s public policy director, said she was concerned family planning clinics were being targeted for political reasons. The state denies the claim.

Nicole Safar, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s public policy director, said she was concerned family planning clinics were being targeted for political reasons. The state denies the claim.

MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill that would end existing coverage from health insurance plans that currently include abortion care. Plans for state employees currently only cover therapeutic abortion care under the maternity coverage section. In response, Nicole Safar, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin issued the following statement:

“This bill will result in women who are facing complicated pregnancies losing their existing insurance coverage if they happen to be a state employee. If this policy becomes law, families in Wisconsin will have to pay the full cost of an unexpected medical emergency out of pocket. No one plans for their pregnancy to end because of serious health risk, which is exactly why insurance coverage for such care is so necessary.

“The very reason we buy insurance is to protect ourselves and our families from catastrophic health events becoming catastrophic financial events. Assembly Bill 128 takes away this protection, leaving a woman who is dealing with a significant health risk to herself or her wanted pregnancy with huge medical bills. Women in Wisconsin should not be subject to these continued attempts to roll back insurance coverage based solely on a few legislators’ political agenda. A woman and her doctor are the ones who should be making critical health care decisions – not politicians.”

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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One thought on “Assembly Passes Bill Banning Abortion Coverage”

  1. Mary says:

    also, of interest on this topic, and with long term consequences:

    Legislative committee OKs bill banning UW abortions

    The Associated Press

    October 26, 2017 1:19 PM

    Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/article181089431.html#storylink=cpy

    “A legislative committee has approved a Republican bill barring University of Wisconsin doctors from performing abortions and training residents in how to perform abortions at Planned Parenthood.

    Wisconsin law blocks spending public dollars on elective abortions. But the UW medical school has to train residents in performing abortions to maintain accreditation. The school has an agreement with Planned Parenthood that calls for that organization to pay UW doctors to perform abortions and train residents in abortions at its Madison clinic.

    Rep. Andre Jacque’s bill would prohibit UW employees from performing abortions as well as training others or receiving abortion training anywhere other than a hospital.

    The Senate’s health committee approved the bill 3-2 Thursday. Both Democrats on the panel voted against the measure.”

    Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/article181089431.html#storylink=cpy

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