Planned Parenthood

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.

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2014

 

Contact: Laura Kendellen

414-289-3027

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.

Planned Parenthood going to court over SB 206

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                        Contact: Jordan Kush

July 5, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                             414-289-3746/ 414-531-7625

 

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin: We Are Going to Court to Protect Our Patients

Federal Lawsuit to be Filed Challenging Wisconsin Hospital Staff Privileges Requirement in SB 206

 

MADISON- WI — To protect women’s health and access to safe and legal abortion in Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced today that they will be challenging SB 206 in federal court as soon as the Governor signs it into law. On Wednesday, the Governor requested SB 206 - a fast tracked bill that was passed in less than 1 week - indicating his intent to sign the bill into law within the next few days. SB 206 will jeopardize women’s health by shutting down two abortion health centers and decreasing capacity by at least 50% in one of the two remaining abortion health centers in Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, represented by Cullen Weston Pines & Bach and attorneys at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Affiliated Medical Services represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, will be filing suit in federal court to block Senate Bill 206, which requires abortion providers to have staff admitting privileges at a local hospital. PPWI is asking the federal district court in the Western District of Wisconsin to immediately enjoin SB 206 which will significantly reduce abortion access in Wisconsin in violation of the federal Constitution. SB 206 violates both the due process rights under the Federal Constitution of both PPWI and its patients.

Planned Parenthood Pledges to Remain a Ready Health Care Resource for Women and Men

7/1/2013

Contact: Stephanie Wilson 608-256-7549 x 2132

Planned Parenthood Pledges to Remain a Ready Health Care Resource for Women and Men

MADISON- Yesterday, Governor Walker signed the Biennial State Budget Act 20 which cuts almost 100,000 Wisconsin citizens from Badgercare and leaves massive and costly health coverage gaps for Wisconsin citizens making over $11,490 a year. Although billions of federal dollars were available to enhance health coverage for Wisconsin individuals in need, Governor Walker rejected this money which will result in the loss of health care access and cost Wisconsin taxpayers billions of dollars. Until the start of the Walker administration, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s oldest and largest reproductive non-profit health care provider had been working for decades with both Republican and Democratic policymakers to ensure that all people have access to high quality affordable health care. This budget is yet another a drastic step in the wrong direction. Despite these political challenges to health care access in Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood’s remaining 23 health centers remain a ready resource for individuals in need of essential health care.

“Governor Walker’s proposal to end cost effective health care coverage that ensures many women and families have access to essential health care is disastrous public policy,” said Tanya Atkinson, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. “Hard-working Wisconsin families deserve quality health coverage to get lifesaving care when they need it, without facing costly medical bills. For 78 years, Planned Parenthood has been there for people in need of essential affordable health care and we will continue to be there for our patients during this time of increasing need.”

Planned Parenthood closing in Chippewa Falls, other cities

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                Contact: Laura Kendellen

May 16, 2013                                                                                                                                   414-289-3027

 

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Closes Chippewa Falls Health Center

Loss of Cancer Screens, Birth Control Supported by Governor Walker,

Senator Moulton, and Representative Bernier

 

MADISON- Today, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin closed its health center in Chippewa Falls after 28 years of caring for thousands of patients. This center closure and those in three other communities comes as a direct result of budget cuts directed at Planned Parenthood’s patients supported by Governor Walker, Senator Moulton and Representative Bernier in the last budget cycle. Despite the cost-effective health benefits and need for continued access to preventive, essential health care, Governor Walker, Senator Moulton and Representative Bernier voted to end care for their constituents at the only health care provider offering affordable, essential reproductive health care in Chippewa Falls. Patients seeking cancer screens, wellness exams, birth control, and STD testing and treatment will now need to travel to the Planned Parenthood health center in Eau Claire. The governor’s current budget proposal threatens the availability of existing affordable patient care at providers like Planned Parenthood unless the public responds.

 

“For 78 years, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has been providing high quality health care for up to 70,000 women and families and we will continue to put the needs of our patients first,” said Tanya Atkinson Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. “Ensuring every patient continues to receive affordable, quality health care, without interruption, remains our top priority. Senator Moulton and Representative Bernier’s previous votes to block health care access, their implicit support of the governor’s health care proposals, and misunderstanding of their own community’s health care needs and provider options challenges the future availability of affordable health care. Voting to eliminate the only source of affordable, preventive, lifesaving health care in their own community underscores just how out of touch Senator Moulton and Representative Bernier are with the needs of their constituents.”

 

MADISON- On Friday, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin began the process of closing four health centers as a result of budget cuts directed at Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Urges Legislature to Reject Additional Cuts to Women’s Health Care

 

MADISON- On Friday, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin began the process of closing four health centers as a result of budget cuts directed at Planned Parenthood’s patients, starting in the community of Shawano. Despite the cost-effective health benefits and need for continued access to preventive, essential health care, it only took one vote by our state legislature to end health care for Planned Parenthood patients in Shawano and surrounding communities. For more than 34 years, the Planned Parenthood health center in Shawano has provided thousands of patients with cancer screens, wellness exams, birth control, and STD testing and treatment. The Governor’s current budget proposal poses an additional risk of future health losses without strong public response. In response, Teri Huyck, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, issued the following statement:

 

Planned Parenthood announces closures

Note the full press release in PDF form is attached below.

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                              Contact: Stephanie Wilson

February 18, 2013                                                                                                            608-256-7549 x 2132

 

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Announces Health Center Closures

State Budget Cut Forces Planned Parenthood to Close four Health Centers in Shawano, Chippewa Falls, Johnson Creek, and Beaver Dam

 

MADISON- Today Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced the closure of four family planning health centers in Shawano, Chippewa Falls, Johnson Creek and Beaver Dam between April and July of this year. These closures are a direct consequence of the Legislature’s elimination of funding benefiting patients at Planned Parenthood in the last budget cycle. Over the past year, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin worked to minimize the impact of the Legislature’s significant budget cuts on our patients. Despite efforts to sustain services to these patients for over a year without state funding, Planned Parenthood has been forced to end health care services in these four health centers. These unfortunate health center closures will result in the disruption and a loss of over 11,400 health care services for approximately 2,000 patients including lifesaving cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, annual exams, pregnancy tests, STD testing and treatment, HIV screening, and referrals to a network of community resources. Planned Parenthood will maintain health care services in 23 health centers across the state.

 

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