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Thursday, September 24, 2015

 4:39 PM 

Planned Parenthood bill passes

After extensive debate, the Assembly has passed a bill that would redirect as much as $3.5 million annually in federal Title X grants away from Planned Parenthood.

The bill passed on a 60-35 party-line vote.

AB 310 shifts the federal money to clinics that don't provide abortions or have affiliates that do the procedure. Under Rep. Andre Jacque’s bill, the state Department of Health Services would apply for the grant money and distribute it to the Wisconsin Well-Woman Program and local or state health departments or clinics.

The De Pere Republican made it clear in committee and again on the floor today the intent of the bill is to make sure the money does not go to doctors who perform abortions.

Dems, though, argued shifting the money away from Planned Parenthood and its affiliates would limit access to family-planning services, treatments for sexually transmitted diseases, cancer screening and pap smears.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin has said the bill wouldn’t affect the organization until 2018 because the group received its money this year. The Title X program, according to the group, operates on a three-year cycle.

See the vote here.


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