Target: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Goal: Do not allow any more Planned Parenthood locations to close.
The state of Wisconsin will soon see the closing of four of its Planned Parenthood locations in Spring and Summer of 2013. Local blame has been directed at state governor Scott Walker, who eliminated budgetary assistance to Planned Parenthood programs in 2011 after his election. Two years later, the state is seeing the effects of those budget cuts. Walker must be urged to change his views on this matter and keep any more Planned Parenthood locations in his state from closing.
These facilities are closing in the Wisconsin communities of Beaver Dam, Johnson Creek, Chippewa Falls, and Shawano. These four locations are hit especially hard by these changes because Planned Parenthood is the only reproductive health care provider in any of them. Women in those communities who require the kind of health care that Planned Parenthood provides will now have to travel a much longer distance to get the help that they need. It’s somewhat ironic, as well; Planned Parenthood locations are often at the center of controversy due to their progressive stances on contraceptives and abortion, but the four clinics that are closing did not even provide abortion services.
It’s also worth noting that, while Planned Parenthood has gained national attention for those aforementioned progressive stances, they are hardly all the services that the company provides. Women’s wellness exams, cancer screenings, and reproduction-related services are all among the vital services provided by the organization. If any of the women in those four Wisconsin communities need future help in those matters, they will need to take their services elsewhere, likely someplace far less convenient. Our nation’s politicians should be helping give people greater and easier access to health care, not the opposite. This is why the state of Wisconsin must ensure that it does not close down any more of the 23 Planned Parenthood clinics remaining in the state.
Dear Governor Walker,
Your state has now seen the closure of four Planned Parenthood clinics, all in communities that lacked any other kind of a reproductive health care provider. Any women who needed the services provided by Planned Parenthood will now have to travel a long way to receive them.
These services go far beyond the “controversial” services that Planned Parenthood is known to provide (contraception and abortion among them). Planned Parenthood also provided cancer screenings, wellness exams, and other reproductive services, and the women of Beaver Dam, Johnson Creek, Chippewa Falls, and Shawano will now need to travel elsewhere in order to receive these services, in addition to the ones likely deemed by your organization as “controversial.”
You must recognize that Planned Parenthood does very much good for the community and provides a necessary service to a large number of people. You cannot risk losing any more of its clinics within your state. You need to do what is needed for the sake of the health of your state’s people, and keep Planned Parenthood thriving in your state.
Do not allow any more of its funding to be cut. Rather, go in the opposite direction and do whatever you can financially to keep it afloat. The people of your state need Planned Parenthood, and you must do what you can to provide it to them.
[Your Name Here]
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