FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2015
Contact: Iris Riis
Once Again, Republicans in the State Legislature Propose to Cut Off Access to Essential Health Care
MADISON – Today, Republican leaders will hold a hearing on a pair of bills that are likely to be fast tracked to further defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), making it harder for women across Wisconsin to access the essential health care they need. In 2011, Governor Scott Walker and the Republican controlled Legislature eliminated all state funding for patients accessing reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood in the Biennial State Budget. These cuts lead to the closure of five rural Planned Parenthood health centers and the loss of 18,848 health services for 3,104 women, men and families each year. Since these closures, no other safety net provider has opened to provide coverage in these communities.
Despite those cuts, PPWI remains the largest community based reproductive health care provider in the state providing 60,000 individuals each year with breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual wellness exams, birth control, STD testing and treatment, education and referrals for prenatal care and mammograms. Through 22 health centers across Wisconsin, no one is turned away from health care because of their inability to pay.