Target: Wisconsin State Legislature and State Governor Scott Walker
Goal: Restore funding for family planning clinics in Wisconsin
Four family planning clinics will close between now and July 2013 if Wisconsin legislature does not restore $1 million in funding to Planned Parenthood in the state. The clinics that will soon close serve about 2,000 patients, many of whom are uninsured or under-insured. These clinics are located in small towns and are the only places women can go for reproductive health care. None of these clinics offer abortions. Funding for family planning should be restored in Wisconsin.
Planned Parenthood often is the only provider of reproductive health care in a small town. Once the clinic is closed, women need to drive longer distances to get such basic services as wellness exams, cancer screenings and birth control. It is good policy to support women in their decisions because the state actually saves money by doing so. The Wisconsin Department of Health estimates that BadgerCare, the state’s Medicaid-funded family planning program, prevented an estimated 11,064 unplanned pregnancies in 2008, saving the state about $139.1 million in costs associated with subsequent medical care. These programs are vital to communities like Beaver Dam, Johnson Creek, Chippewa Falls and Shawano, where Planned Parenthood clinics are slated for closure.
Family planning helps women grow their incomes and get out of the poverty cycle. These programs should be protected on state and federal levels. Sign your name below to urge Wisconsin state lawmakers and the governor to restore funding to Planned Parenthood and help low-income women receive the care they desperately need.
Dear Mr. Ellis, Mr. Voss and Mr. Walker,
In 2011, a state budget that cut $1 million to family planning services provided by Planned Parenthood was passed. Four clinics in Beaver Dam, Johnson Creek, Chippewa Falls and Shawano will close between now and July of this year if the funding is not restored. Planned Parenthood clinics affected by the budget cuts do not offer abortions. They are often the sole providers of medical care to women in the area.
Many of patients that use Planned Parenthood are either uninsured or under-insured. They go to clinics for wellness exams, cancer screenings and birth control. Family planning programs save the state a lot of money. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health, BadgerCare prevented an estimated 11,064 unplanned pregnancies in 2008, saving the state about $139.1 million in costs associated with subsequent medical care.
Family planning programs are good for communities because they help women get out of the poverty cycle and enter the middle class. These services should be protected by the state, because they are good policy. Planned Parenthood is a loyal servant to the state of Wisconsin. Please restore funding to this healthcare provider.
[Your Name Here]
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