In light of six shocking videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies for research, states like Wisconsin are taking action.
State legislators have introduced three bills responding to the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies. Wisconsin Family Actions provides the details on each of the measures, including bills to cut Planned Parenthood funding and ban the sale and use of aborted babies in research:
LRB 1645/2 – Prohibiting the sale and use of aborted children’s body parts, requiring the determination and reporting of the aborted children’s gender, and establishing standards for the disposition of remains from aborted children. (This bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch)LRB 2675/1 – Requires that family planning clinics, most notably Planned Parenthood, which acquire drugs at the heavily discounted rates available through the Medicaid 340B program to bill Medicaid at the actual acquisition cost (rather than their current heavily inflated rate) plus a reasonable dispensing fee. This change will bring Wisconsin in line with the majority of other states and save millions of taxpayer dollars.LRB 2674/1 – Requiring the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to apply for and prioritize the use of federal Title X preventive health services grant funds. The state of Wisconsin, DHS, local public health agencies, and hospitals would all benefit from DHS taking control of Federal Title X funding allocated to WI, as well as mitigate the controversial subsidization of Planned Parenthood (WI’s largest abortion provider) that presently occurs. The sole grantee for the state of Wisconsin is currently Planned Parenthood, which receives more than $3 Million annually from Title X.
According to a new report in the Daily Signal, pro-life Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican presidential candidate, supports the initiatives.
Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, acted to defund Planned Parenthood three years ago, could be the scene of more cuts if the governor and state legislature target Title X funds as well.
“Gov. Walker finds the recently released videos of Planned Parenthood disturbing and abhorrent, and he will work with members of the state legislature to pass legislation to ban these practices in Wisconsin and address concerns about this organization,” Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick told The Daily Signal on Tuesday.
Walker, she said, “supports additional changes to Wisconsin law to restrict federal funds that flow to Planned Parenthood.”
After the Republican presidential debate last week, Walker touted his record de-funding Planned Parenthood.
“I believe that is an unborn child that’s in need of protection out there…and I’ve said many a time that that unborn child can be protected and there are many other alternatives that will also protect the life of that mother. That’s been consistently proven. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who has a radical position in terms of support for Planned Parenthood, I defunded Planned Parenthood more than four years ago, long before any of these videos came out. I’ve got a position that’s in line with everyday America,” Walker said.
Reps. Andre Jacque and Joel Kleefisch have introduced legislation that would ban the sale of fetal body parts in the state . This week, that legislation received a hearing — ironically on the same day as news reports showing the University of Wisconsin purchased body parts from babies killed in abortions at Planned Parenthood.
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.”