Planned parenthood supporters ‘pink out’ the Capitol

Advocate for funding
Planned parenthood supporters ‘pink out’ the Capitol

Planned Parenthood supporters turned out in pink clothing to advocate for funding on Wednesday.

Nicole Safar, government relations director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin said about 400 women registered for the event online. The event was planned for the same day as Gov. Scott Walker’s budget address for a reason. “We thought it was really important for people to come out and talk about why investing in Planned Parenthood is critical to having healthy communities in Wisconsin,” Safar said.

In 2011, Gov. Walker cut all state funding to Planned Parenthood causing the organization to close five health centers around the state — Shawano, Chippewa Falls, Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and Johnson Creek. According to a Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin statement, together these health centers provided over 18,000 health services to over 3,000 patients each year.

According to a Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin statement, another motivation for the “pink out” today was in response to Speaker Paul Ryan’s proposal to block the organization from receiving Medicaid reimbursements.
Safar said one in five women in Wisconsin have been patients of Planned Parenthood. She listed reasons women were thankful for the organization, including providing life-saving cervical cancer screenings, affordable birth control and prenatal care.

No state or federal funding goes toward abortion services. The Medicare reimbursements facilitate access to reproductive health care, like cancer screenings, well woman exams, STD testing and treatment and birth control.

“It’s really incredible to hear the personal impact that Planned Parenthood services have on people’s lives,” Safar said.

Walker did not address Planned Parenthood funding in his budget address.