Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is set to sign a bill on Tuesday that eliminates state and federal funding from nine of the state’s Planned Parenthood health centers.
If the bill goes through, Wisconsin will become the fourth state to defund Planned Parenthood.
“The way the language [of the bill] is written, we also can’t partner with the state lab that reads the tests and was part of our cancer screening process,” said Tanya Atkinson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Wisconsin. “So by targeting birth control, they are really putting women’s lives at risk.”
The cuts to family planning are ostensibly part of a broader effort by Walker and state lawmakers to save money and repair the state’s budget. But Planned Parenthood and BadgerCare advocates argue that family planning programs actually save the state money.