Planned Parenthood in Chippewa Falls officially closes
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Planned Parenthood gets hit with budget cuts and on Thursday, one of four branches closed its doors to people in the Chippewa Valley.
After 28 years of service, the Chippewa Falls Planned Parenthood officially shut down.
The closure means its patients who want affordable cancer screens, wellness exams, birth control and STD treatment will have to drive to the center in Eau Claire.
Chippewa Falls is one of four locations to close, leaving 23 clinics still open.
It's due to a $1 million cut in funding in the last budget approved by the state legislature and Governor Scott Walker.
Supporters of the closure say their goal was to take away funding that uses taxpayers’ dollars towards abortions or abortion-related services.
Planned Parenthood says a total of 2,000 patients will be affected.
Rebecca Hubbard, a patient of Planned Parenthood since college says she’s disappointed in the decision.
“I only have one body and I want to take care of it and they're my doctors and my nurses and they're wonderful people and they provide the care that I need,” said Hubbard. “A lot of people aren’t going to know if a lot of people have an STD or if they’re pregnant or other things because a lot of people use Planned Parenthood service in order to know your body.”
According to the non-profit organization, in the last 10 years, the four centers that are closing including Shawano, Beaver Dam, Johnson Creek and Chippewa Falls have provided services to 26,951 patients.
“As the public health care funding just keeps getting cut, it’s going to be a lot harder for community providers like Planned Parenthood to offer basic health services that these men and women need.
Now that the Planned Parenthood centers in Shawano and Chippewa Falls already closed.
Next in line are the ones in beaver dam in June and Johnson Creek in July.
Pro Life Wisconsin gave us a statement saying:
"We believe this is a good thing and we're not ashamed to say that we hope more money will be pulled from Planned Parenthood in the future."
“We’re not eliminating we’re simply redirecting way from organization or affiliates that support abortions,” said Pro-Life Wisconsin’s director of legislative affairs Matt Sande. “This money could go towards county health public health department; Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin isn’t the only health entity or organizations that provide these services.”
With Shawano and Chippewa Falls already closed, next is Beaver Dam in June and Johnson Creek in July.
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