In Wisconsin, Reps. Andre Jacque and Joel Kleefisch have introduced legislation that would ban the sale of fetal body parts in the state and not allow federal funding to go toward Planned Parenthood. The LaCrosse Tribune reports that the legislation is a response to the scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood buying the body parts of aborted babies.
However, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin says their affiliate doesn’t offer “tissue donation services” so the bill wouldn’t impact them. Rep. Kleefisch responded and said, “Planned Parenthood says a lot of things. I have no reason to believe a word that comes out of their collective mouth.”
Additionally, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman said that the bill to take funding from their organization was an attempt to prevent women from accessing affordable care. Nicole Safer said, “Instead of working to address the needs of women and families, politicians like Rep. Jacque are working to smear trusted health care providers and take essential health care away from women and families.”
The proposal also would require any doctor who performs an abortion in Wisconsin to determine the gender of the unborn child, if medically possible, and report that to the state Department of Health Services. And any aborted fetus that is at least 10 weeks old to be disposed of meeting new standards, including either burial or cremation.
There are no disposal requirements under current law, according to an analysis of the proposal by the Legislative Reference Bureau. That lack of standards allows for the fetuses to be disposed of as trash or medical waste, Jacque and Kleefisch said in their letter seeking support.
Jacque said he believed the bill would gain traction this year, after similar versions have failed to pass for years, given recent attention to the video.
He also is circulating a separate pair of bills that would divert federal funding away from Planned Parenthood. One would not allow federal money under Public Health Service Act to go toward Planned Parenthood, which Jacque said that would take $3 million away annually. His other proposal would restrict how much Planned Parenthood can be reimbursed for prescription drugs from the federal government, a move Jacque said would reduce their subsidy $4.5 million a year.
As LifeNews previously reported, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was horrified by the Planned Parenthood video and called for states to defund the abortion company. In an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News he said, “Years ago, when I first became governor of the state of Wisconsin, my first budget, I defunded Planned Parenthood. I took some attacks from some in the media, and some in the left. But this video’s just a prime example, this is not a noncontroversial entity.”
He concluded, “This is obviously a disturbing, disgusting act that they’re talking about. We’ve outlawed that in Wisconsin in the past. We need to be defunding Planned Parenthood, not only state by state, but I think, across the country. And instead, put resources into women’s health issues, but put them into non-controversial entities, public health entities, or other things in that regard.”