Wisconsin governor signs bill that defunds Planned Parenthood

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox regarding SB 237 and SB 238, Wisconsin measures signed into law Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker. SB 237 directs public funding to providers of comprehensive health services for women and families instead of to abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood. SB 238 prevents abortion businesses from overbilling Medicaid for prescription drugs, thereby denying Planned Parenthood profits from taxpayers. Wisconsin is the ninth state to take action in recent months to strip taxpayer dollars from the abortion giant:

“Planned Parenthood shouldn’t be profiting off of women and taxpayers. Yet, this scandal-plagued organization has accepted more than $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies over the past decade while reporting more than $765 million in ‘excess revenues.’ Wisconsin taxpayers shouldn’t be forced into this immoral partnership with Planned Parenthood, especially when better, low-cost community health care providers serve women and families far more comprehensively and outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities in Wisconsin 7 to 1. The taxpayers deserve better than an organization with a long track record of abusive and potentially fraudulent billing practices, that have been caught in authenticated undercover videos negotiating prices for baby body parts, and that have repeatedly failed to report the sexual abuse of girls.” (#DefundPP)

Mattox testified before the Wisconsin Assembly’s Committee on Health in September of last year to provide expert legal opinion on the legality and constitutionality of the bills. ADF client Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood employee turned whistleblower, also testified at that hearing.
  • Pronunciation guide: Mattox (MAT’-ucks)

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