Wisconsin cuts Planned Parenthood, denying 12,000 women needed care

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, June 27, 2011 15:41 EDT
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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) signed a $66 billion budget yesterday that reduced funding for education and health care, cutting off all state and federal funding for nine Planned Parenthood clinics state-wide.

Loss of the clinics, which provide preventative health screenings, reproductive education and abortion services, will leave over 12,000 uninsured women to search the private health market for future care, the non-profit said.

Planned Parenthood said it has 27 clinics in Wisconsin, which serve about 73,000 patients every year. In 2009, according to PPFA’s national figures, 96 percent of its activities were dedicated to cancer screenings, STD or STI testing, counseling, education or pregnancy testing and prevention.

Wisconsin is the fourth state to ban funding for Planned Parenthood, behind North Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana. Texas is expected to follow suit in the coming days.

(H/T: National Journal)

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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