Scott Walker Ends Cancer Screening for Uninsured Wisconsin Women
Scott Walker: Planned Parenthood "Too Controversial", So No More Cervical Cancer Screening for Many Wisconsin Women
Wisconsin Scott Walker has taken out his ideological problem with Planned Parenthood (which offers, among its other services, abortions at some of its clinics) out on the uninsured women of his state.
The Republican governor, saying that Planned Parenthood is "too controversial", has ended a $138,000 annual contract through which the group organized screening signups and paid two caseworkers. He gave no other reason for the decision.
Planned Parenthood is the sole organizer of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and multiple sclerosis screenings for uninsured women between 45 and 64 in Winnebago, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, and Outagamie Counties.
But in a statement, Planned Parenthood said it was told Dec. 1 that the contract with the group would not be renewed and has not had any follow-up response from the state since. In a letter to Walker, Teri Huyck, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, said the state needs to make clear how the service will be provided going forward, or the "health and lives of women in these counties" could be at risk.
Note that abortion is legal in the United States, as per Roe v Wade. Perhaps afraid of the backlash, Walker has made no effort to contact either Planned Parenthood or the affected patients about his decision.
"Can you imagine what it would be like if you have an abnormal pap smear, and you call the old number and the person's not there anymore? The people I represent, we're risking their public health and well being to fulfill some sort of ideological commitment to attack Planned Parenthood."
In pandering to his base, did Walker consider for a moment that he's favoring the unborn over those who are currently alive? Governor Scott Walker may want to be careful about creating a larger number of motivated enemies: the petition to recall him is close to reaching its goal.