Defunding Planned Parenthood leads to fifth closure in Wisconsin
FOND DU LAC, WI – Planned Parenthood announced today that it is closing its office in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, a continuing dividend of the state's decision to defund the nation's largest abortion provider in 2011.
The Fond du Lac Health Center on North Peters Avenue, which will close its doors on September 25, offered the morning after pill and abortion referral.
“This is the fifth health center Planned Parenthood has been forced to close as a direct consequence of the state Legislature’s and Governor Walker’s elimination of funding,” according to a press release from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI).
Last February, Planned Parenthood closed four Wisconsin offices in Beaver Dam, Chippewa Falls, Johnson Creek, and Shawano. All four locations offered the morning after pill.
Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action greeted the closure as “good news!”
But Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin CEO Teri Huyck called the decision a tragic "loss for the women and families who rely on Planned Parenthood."
“We all want strong, healthy families,” Huyck said. “At Planned Parenthood we continue to work every day to support healthy families by making sure women receive the high quality affordable health care they need to keep them safe, healthy and strong in 22 health centers across Wisconsin.”
Three of PPWI's remaining 22 locations perform abortions.
Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican and potential 2016 presidential hopeful, signed a bill slashing $1 million of taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood's budget as part of the 2011 Wisconsin budget. The state deprived the abortion-provider of a $130,000 state contract later the same year.
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Wisconsin taxpayer dollars amounted to nearly a quarter of the abortion provider's revenue.
Huyck also lashed out at Walker for refusing to expand the state's Medicaid program.
In April 2012, PPWI stopped distributing abortifacient drugs at all state locations after Walker signed a ban on telemed abortions. Medical abortions accounted for 25 percent of all abortions in the Badger State.