Last month, Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 310, which specifically redirects about $4.5 million in federal funds from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to other quote less controversial unquote health care organizations. Three of Planned Parenthood’s twenty-two health centers around the state provide abortion services. The Governor also signed SB 238, which also singled out Planned Parenthood by reducing the nonprofit’s ability to seek Medicaid reimbursement for prescription drugs. These are only the latest salvos nationwide, as Texas, Louisiana and other states have sought to defund the 80-year old family planning agency.
Host Brian Standing spoke with Mel Barnes, a Legal and Policy Associate for Planned Parenthood Wisconsin, about the issue.