February 20, 2013 Print

Take Action: Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to Close 4 Centers

by Bethany Monk

The largest abortion seller in Wisconsin announced Monday that it will close four of its 27 centers.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a budget into law in 2011 that cut Planned Parenthood funding by about $1 million. The abortion business said the closures — in Beaver Dam, Chippewa Falls, Johnson Creek and Shawano — are related to the loss of these funds. The centers are scheduled to shut down between April and July.

“The closure of four feeders to Planned Parenthood’s three Wisconsin abortion clinics is excellent news,” said Barbara Lyons, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life (WRTL). “It is far past time for Wisconsin citizens to recognize that Planned Parenthood — through its local clinics — refers the overwhelming majority of pregnant women it sees to abortion clinics.”

In 2010, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin performed 62 percent of all abortions in the state. This represents the deaths of 4,827 preborn babies. Its annual report for that year lists zero referrals and zero prenatal care recipients.

“Nationally, (Planned Parenthood) refers over 90 percent of the pregnant women it sees to abortion clinics,” Lyons added.

In 2011, The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates received more than $542 million in state and federal taxpayer dollars, according to WRTL. In addition, PPFA has mandated that all of its affiliates perform abortions by 2013.

“Gov. Walker and the state legislature acted courageously to protect Wisconsin taxpayers from having their tax dollars used to destroy human life,” WRTL Legislative Director Susan Armacost said. “While there is more important work to be done to protect taxpayers from paying for abortions, this state budget has greatly improved the situation. On behalf of Wisconsin Right to Life members and supporters throughout the state, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Gov. Walker and the legislature.”

Take Action to Help Defund Planned Parenthood
Please ask your U.S. senators and representative to include pro-life provisions — specifically the defunding of Planned Parenthood — in any 2013 spending bill.

Learn about state efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

Watch “Defund Planned Parenthood.”