Contact: Kate Constalie, [email protected], 608-266-5490
MADISON, WI – To safeguard access to birth control and vital health services for the four million people who depend on Title X, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, along with affiliates in Utah and Ohio, have filed a lawsuit against the Trump/Pence administration. Earlier this year the Trump administration imposed devastating changes to Title X, the nation’s only initiative devoted to birth control and reproductive health care.
“Since President Trump took office, he and fellow Republican leaders have been focused on dismantling women’s reproductive health services,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “While Speaker Ryan has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood, only one will continue serving the people of Wisconsin at the end of this year. Planned Parenthood is committed to Wisconsin and continues to have strong public support. People know they can rely on Planned Parenthood to deliver quality, community-based health care.
The proposed changes by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Title X program would illegally block funding that is designated for comprehensive, evidence-based contraception and reproductive health services. The lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood affiliates aims to block these changes and protect access to personalized care for patients.’
“Any woman can tell you that birth control isn’t ‘one size fits all,’ so this effort to block access to personalized care is as out-of-touch as is it harmful,” Shilling said. “Wisconsin is lucky to have Planned Parenthood leading the charge to protect health care in our state. They are tough and aren’t afraid to go to bat for the 31,000 Wisconsinites that rely on Tittle X. Thanks to Planned Parenthood, I believe we’re in good hands to win this fight against the Trump/Pence Administration.”
Wisconsin Planned Parenthood clinics provide services that include breast and cervical cancer screenings, personalized birth control, well woman check-ups, STD testing and treatment to 60,000 patients each year.