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UPDATE: Planned Parenthood to close 4 Wisconsin centers



The state cut $1 million from Planned Parenthood last year. Though, women near these four areas will begin feeling the effects very soon.

"There is not a long list of options for low-income, uninsured women. In eight of the nine counties where planned parenthood was defunded we were the only provider," said Nicole Safar, Public Policy Director of Planned Parenthood.

Patients will have to drive another 30 to 60 minutes to get to another Planned Parenthood, which decreases the access to healthcare.

"I think we'll see many health consequences, not only in unintended pregnancies but later detections of cancer and STDs," Safar said.

Last year, Planned Parenthood provided services to 80,000 patients in Wisconsin. Ninety-nine percent of these services were for birth control and various screenings, and less than one percent were for abortions.

None of the four clinics being closed provide abortions. Still, abortion of abortion were excited by the news.

"We were elated. This is an organization that is the largest abortion provider in our state," said Julaine K. Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action.

Wisconsin Family Action's Julaine Appling believes Planned Parenthood's pleas are simply excuses.

"Very little of their efforts go into what they try to use as a cover which they say are cancer screenings and other kinds of testing," Appling said.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood is bracing for more cuts, citing the past.

"It's clearly a politically motivated cut. Governor Walker has never made it a secret that he is not a fan of planned parenthood," Safar said.

Gov. Walker proposes his new budget to the state legislature on Wednesday.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Planned Parenthood says it is closing four of its 27 locations in Wisconsin due to lack of state funding.

The group announced Monday that facilities in Beaver Dam, Johnson Creek, Chippewa Falls and Shawano will close between April and July.

Planned Parenthood says the closures are the direct consequence of the Legislature eliminating $1 million in state funding for the group last budget.

Planned Parenthood says the closures will affect services provided to 2,000 patients.

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