State budget cuts cause Planned Parenthood to close 4 clinics
MILWAUKEE - Planned Parenthood has announced the closure of four clinics in Wisconsin between April and July, 2013. The clinics that will be closing are in Shawano, Beaver Dam, Johnson Creek and Chippewa Falls.
"These closures are a direct consequence of the Legislature’s elimination of funding benefiting patients at Planned Parenthood in the last budget cycle," said Stephanie Wilson with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. "Over the past year, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin worked to minimize the impact of the Legislature’s significant budget cuts on our patients. Despite efforts to sustain services to these patients for over a year without state funding, Planned Parenthood has been forced to end health care services in these four health centers."
According to Wilson, the closures will affect over 2,000 patients, and 11,400 services. The clinics offer low-income women with many healthcare needs.
“For 78 years, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has been providing high quality health care including lifesaving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control, and testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections to approximately 80,000 women and families in 27 health centers across Wisconsin,” said Deb Bonilla, Vice President of Patient Services. “Continued patient care is our top priority. Health center staff are working with the affected patients to identify health care alternatives to minimize the impact of these closures.”
Planned Parenthood plans to keep their 23 remaining Wisconsin clinics open and operating.