PPAWI - Birth control audits backed by Walker threaten to take down Wisconsin's family planning centers

November 3, 2014 Contact: Iris Riis
608-256-7549 x2132
iris [dot] riisatppwi [dot] org
Birth Control Audits Backed by Walker Threaten to Take Down Wisconsins Family Planning Centers and Affordable Birth Control
Madison, WI - Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Executive Director Tanya Atkinson issued the following statement in response to the November 1 WisconsinWatch.org  article on the Walker Administration’s audits of family planning providers.
“On Saturday, Governor Walker’s ‘clinic closing’ birth control audits hit the news, highlighting just how far he is willing to go to block women’s access to birth control. The claims being made against charitable care providers who provide low-income women with affordable access to birth control and other essential health care are simply an outrageous attempt to intimidate and threaten their continued ability to provide cost-effective care to women in need.  There is no wrongdoing – on the contrary. These health centers are valued community organizations that provide care to women and families who otherwise would have no place to go. Because of the high rate of uncompensated care, family planning clinics are living on the financial edge.  Governor Walker is simply using his bully pulpit to erase razor thin margins at these health centers by forcing them to redirect precious resources to legal fees and threatening them with multi-million dollar penalties he knows they cannot pay.  These politically motivated clinic closing audits are a prelude to what we face in 2015 if Governor Walker is re-elected.

PPAWI - Walker's Stance on Women's Health "Unthinkable"

Walker’s Stance on Women’s Health ‘Unthinkable’

New Video Series Highlights Impact of Walker’s Extreme Record on Voters.


View Unthinkable


MADISON - Today, PPAWI, the advocacy arm of the largest non-profit reproductive health care provider in Wisconsin, announced the release of video testimonials featuring individual voters with a unique perspective who are alarmed by Scott Walker’s record and support for restricting women’s health care access. The first video, Unthinkable, features testimony from a sexual assault survivor who shares her reaction to Walker’s support for banning abortion in all circumstances. A link to the spot is available here and the full script can be found below. Voters featured in the future testimonials will highlight just how much women’s health matters to them in the upcoming election.


Walker has put women's health and safety at risk

Take it from the state’s oldest and largest reproductive nonprofit health care provider –
No matter what his political advertisements say,

Scott Walker has put women’s health and safety at risk

Madison, WI – Tanya Atkinson, Executive Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of
Wisconsin, (PPAWI) the advocacy arm of PPWI, issued the following statement regarding Scott
Walker’s record of taking away essential and even life saving health care from thousands of
women during his term as Governor.

“Scott Walker’s actions speak louder than his words ever will. Scott Walker’s actions
underscore this simple fact: he cannot be trusted when it comes to protecting women’s health
and safety. In fact, Scott Walker has devastated women’s health, safety and financial security
by forcing the shut-down of Planned Parenthood health centers that provided preventive health
care, including cancer screenings, birth control and well-women exams, and threatening the
availability of safe, legal abortion services for women.

Walker Administration Unilaterally Ends Enforcement of Wisconsin Birth Control Law in Latest Effort to Restrict Women’s Access to Essential Health Care

 Press release in today from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin:




July 23, 2014


Contact: Lisa Boyce




Walker Administration Unilaterally Ends Enforcement of Wisconsin Birth Control Law

in Latest Effort to Restrict Women’s Access to Essential Health Care

National Women’s Law Center Says Move is in Conflict with Law


MADISON – This week, the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) under Governor Walker’s administration announced via a media interview that the state will no longer enforce Wisconsin’s birth control coverage law (Wis stat. 632.895(17)) that ensures prescription drug plans cover birth control the same as other prescription drugs. Governor Walker justified this move in light of the Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court in June. Legal experts with the National Women’s Law Center, however, have released an analysis that concludes the Hobby Lobby ruling does not invalidate Wisconsin’s contraceptive coverage law and it must therefore be enforced. The Walker Administration’s move is just the latest in a long line of efforts to reduce women’s access to everything from sex education, cancer screens, and birth control to safe and legal abortion.

Planned Parenthood Wins Lawsuit Protecting Access to Safe and Legal Early Abortion Using Medication



July 17, 2014


Contact: Laura Kendellen


Planned Parenthood Wins Lawsuit Protecting Access to Safe and Legal Early Abortion Using Medication

MADISON, WI— Earlier today, a state court granted Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s motion for a declaratory judgment, which ensures Wisconsin women will continue to access safe and legal medication abortion. On December 12, 2012, Planned Parenthood filed suit against the attorney general and other officials responsible for enforcing Wis. Stat. Sec. 253.105. The lawsuit sought relief from the vague and ambiguous provisions which threatened criminal prosecution of physicians providing medication abortion services.

PRESS RELEASE -WFU Hires David Wright-Racette as Policy Organizer

Wisconsin Farmers Union is pleased to introduce David Wright-Racette who will be joining the WFU staff as the Policy Organizer. This is a newly created position within the organization, and David will work closely with Government Relations Director Kara O’Connor, the Government Relations Associate, and Membership Coordinator Deb Jakubek. David will coordinate the development and implementation of WFU outreach and organizing efforts on key projects and issues while working closely with WFU members and county chapters to support engagement at the local level.

 David is from Prairie Farm, Wisconsin and grew up surrounded by agriculture as his parents own and operate Spring Hill Community Farm, a CSA that markets mainly to the Twin Cities area.  He attended the University-Wisconsin Madison where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science. While there, here interned for State Senator Bob Jauch and he is excited to use the knowledge he gained to advocate for WFU policies and help organize WFU members and chapters around issues facing farmers and rural residents.

New Animation of Enbridge Pipeline spill in the Mackinac

I spent some time this AM on a conference call about this new animation and the possibility of an oil spill under the Mackinac Bridge from a 61 year old Enbridge pipeline.  The pressure on the old pipeline is being doubled, and the outcome of a spill from the pipeline would be horrendous.

National Wildlife Federation – University of Michigan



CONTACT: Jordan Lubetkin, National Wildlife Federation, 734-904-1589, lubetkinatnwf [dot] org

Jim Erickson, University of Michigan, (734) 647-1842, ericksnatumich [dot] edu


New University of Michigan Animation Illustrates Danger of Oil Spill to Great Lakes


Straits of Mackinac ‘worst possible place’ for oil spill, says lead researcher.


ANN ARBOR, MICH. – A new animated video by the University of Michigan and the National Wildlife Federation shows how devastating an oil spill beneath the Straits of Mackinac would be for the Great Lakes, wildlife, and communities. The animation shows that if an oil spill occurs, oil could reach popular tourist destinations like Mackinac Island, blanket 50 miles of Lake Huron shoreline, and reach Lake Michigan landmarks such as Beaver Island.

“If you were to pick the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes, this would be it,” said David Schwab, Ph.D., research scientist at the University of Michigan Water Center, one of the foremost experts on Great Lakes water currents, and creator of the animation. “The currents are powerful and change directions frequently. In the event of an oil spill, these factors would lead to a big mess that would be very difficult to contain.”

Public invited to share priorities for water quality standards

State officials are seeking public input on 22 water quality standard topics for Wisconsin lakes and rivers related to the protection of public health, recreation, fish and other aquatic communities.

This process, which occurs every three years, is called the triennial standards review. The topics under consideration address things such as levels of pollutants, algae and nutrients as well as guidance for implementing water quality criteria.

There are many potential standards-related topics that may benefit from a review under this process. However, due to limited resources, not all of the changes can be addressed at the same time. To help prioritize which standards and policies should receive attention first, DNR is asking for input from the public.

VICTORY: President to sign executive order to protect LGBTQ employees of federal contractors

WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 16, 2014: “This is a major step forward in the struggle for freedom and justice for LGBTQ workers and their families. Now millions of people will have the economic security they need to provide for their families. Through his actions, the President has demonstrated again his commitment to ending discrimination. We thank all the organizations who have worked so hard to make this piece of history. This decision is good for LGBTQ people, good for our economy and good for America. Unfortunately, many of us who don't work for federal contractors will still lack workplace protections. Now we must redouble our efforts for the urgent passage of state employment protections and strong federal legislation.”

Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,
visit and follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.