Another state limits public spending received by Planned Parenthood

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signs two bills to limit public funds and taxes to go to Planned Parenthood, however the organization has other ways of obtaining those funds
By Jason Spencer | Feb 19, 2016
Planned Parenthood is under fire in another state this week as reports that Governor Scott Walker has signed two bills that make it harder for the company to acquire funding.

According to The Daily Cardinal, Walker signed two bills on Thursday that would cut up to $8 million dollars from the healthcare facility. The bills collectively outlaw for any public funding to go towards abortion services. They also limit billing taxpayers for prescription drugs if the facility is known to provide abortions, even if abortions make up a small percentage of services.

Walker called the move a step in the right direction, saying that the bills were an improvement for women's health across the state.

"Today, we signed two bills into law that prioritize women's health while improving government and its services to the citizens of Wisconsin," said Walker. Those who support the Pro-Life movement in Wisconsin also hailed the governor's decision.

However, this didn't mean Walker didn't have his critics.

"I am deeply disappointed in Gov. Walker's decision to attack Planned Parenthood and community health centers across Wisconsin," said Jennifer Shilling, one of Wisconsin's state senators. "Rather than limiting preventive care services, cancer screenings and birth control, we should be expanding access to health care and working to grow our middle class."

Even with the new roadblock, Planned Parenthood still has ways of acquiring funds. In an interview with public policy director Nicole Safar, Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Planned Parenthood is still allowed to compete for grants offered until Title X.

Grants that Planned Parenthood usually have good chances of getting.

"The state can certainly try to compete with us for those funds but I am confident in our ability to continue to put forward a competitive grant and continue to get that portion of the funding," said Safar.

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