To Whom It May Concern — In response to the opening of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s new Water St. Center facility in Milwaukee, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) released the following statement:
“For decades, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has played a pivotal role in my district, serving women, men, and those who too often have nowhere to turn for their health care needs. The opening of Planned Parenthood’s new Water St. Center facility in Milwaukee not only represents the welcomed addition of another trusted health care provider in our community, but also underscores Planned Parenthood’s ongoing and unwavering commitment to the well-being of my constituents. In the face of intentional, targeted attacks on our reproductive rights, Milwaukee is fortunate that Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and its supporters have once again rallied together to provide essential health services.
“The opening of Planned Parenthood’s new facility is especially significant as women across the country continue to have their reproductive rights targeted by the White House and the GOP. In what can only be described as another callous attempt to undermine women, House Republicans recently passed a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. Days later, the White House announced they would allow employers to discriminate against women by denying insurance coverage for birth control. And just yesterday, President Trump issued an Executive Order endangering women by jeopardizing basic health coverage such as maternity, newborn, and preventative care, and announced his intent to end the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reductions that make health care accessible for millions of Americans.
“Women across the ideological spectrum are rightfully disgusted by the ongoing efforts of those who seek to control our reproductive freedom. Fortunately, organizations like Planned Parenthood continue to demonstrate their willingness to be there for members of our community, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Not only will their new facility serve as a place for patients to receive family planning services, wellness screenings, and sex education, but it also serves as symbol of resilience. I’d like to extend my deepest gratitude to Planned Parenthood for their work to enhance access to critical health care in Milwaukee, and I welcome their new clinic to our neighborhood.”