Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed two bills Thursday that slashed funding for Planned Parenthood.
Walker signed a pair of bills that would cut millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the women’s health nonprofit that’s perpetually the center of the political fight over abortion.
One bill, which doesn’t specifically name the group, will prevent Planned Parenthood from participating in a program that helps cover its drug prices. The measure will cost the group $4.5 million. The other law prevents the state from providing Title X grant money to abortion providers which would cost Planned Parenthood $3.5 million, St. Louis Today reports.
Planned Parenthood Wisconsin has 22 clinics in the state.
“Over the past five years, we have seen an unprecedented wave of states taking the lead to protect women and save defenseless lives in the womb,” Matt Lockett, Executive Director of Bound4LIFE International, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
That recent wave includes Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback ordered the state’s health department to stop Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood.
The organization has become the target of pro-life groups after a series of videos from the Center For Medical Progress show Planned Parenthood officials discussing distributing fetal body parts for cash.
“Planned Parenthood shouldn’t be profiting off of women and taxpayers,” Casey Mattox, senior counsel at the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement. “Wisconsin taxpayers shouldn’t be forced into this immoral partnership with Planned Parenthood, especially when better, low-cost community health care providers serve women and families far more comprehensively and outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities in Wisconsin 17 to 1.”
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