Planned Parenthood announced on Monday that starting in April 2013, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will close one clinic a month for four months. By July, four of the twenty-seven Planned Parenthood clinics in Wisconsin will have shut their doors.
Planned Parenthood is feeling the effects of the decrease in state funding and points to the Wisconsin Legislature’s cutting of an estimated $1 million of funding to the organization in the last state budget as their reason for closing down these clinics.
Matt Sande, director of legislation for Pro-Life Wisconsin, spoke of the victory that this is for taxpayers who were being forced to subsidize abortions as a results of the state’s support of Planned Parenthood:
Wisconsin taxpayers who conscientiously oppose the use of public funds to directly or indirectly subsidize abortion applauded last session’s state budget bill partially defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion provider. Today they welcome Planned Parenthood’s decision to close four of its state funded birth control centers, centers that refer for surgical abortion and dispense abortifacient contraceptives – often to minor children without parental notification. Pro-Life Wisconsin will continue its hard work to totally defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin of all public monies.
In 2008, a Live Action investigation found Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin failing to report suspected child sexual abuse as required by state law. The video of this investigation has been embedded below, and additional information surrounding this incident can be found here.
In 2009, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin was back in the spotlight as a Live Action video investigation found two clinics (Milwaukee and Appleton) providing inaccurate medical information that drew condemnation from medical professionals.