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2011 - 2018 Attacks on Health Care

No other governor in the history of Wisconsin has worked so aggressively to take away so much from women and families than Scott Walker. And never before has a Wisconsin governor acted so quickly to deny thousands of Wisconsinites health care they depend on.

Since taking office in 2011, Scott Walker and his right wing allies in the state Legislature have stolen the freedom and opportunity all Wisconsin women and men deserve when planning and caring for their families. 

The last five years have been a never-ending assault on the health and well being of women and families in Wisconsin. 

Since taking office, Gov. Scott Walker has

  • Passed a total of 14 policies that restrict women’s access to health information, essential care, and pay equity.
  • Signed five abortion restrictions that take away services and threaten doctors with prison time for providing safe and legal abortion.
  • Authorized the state to spend taxpayer money to appeal two lawsuits despite conclusive court rulings.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a dangerous and intrusive abortion ban into law, once again ignoring opposition from doctors and leading medical groups across the state. The ban, which Walker called for alongside extreme groups with the stated goal of banning abortion, marks the fifth abortion restriction that Walker has signed into law as governor .

Scott Walker callously traded women's health for the support of extreme special interest groups and women in Wisconsin are paying the price. Government has no business in our families’ personal, private medical decisions.

When it comes to women's health, there are no winners in Scott Walker’s race to the bottom.

While governor, Scott Walker has:

20 Week Ban

Signed into law a dangerous abortion ban that has no exemptions for rape or incest.

Kicked over 87,000 Wisconsin women, children, and families off BadgerCare.

Eliminated State Funding for Planned Parenthood

Eliminated all state funding for Planned Parenthood health centers in Wisconsin, forcing the closure of five rural family planning health centers, which reduced access to lifesaving cancer screenings, annual exams, HIV testing, birth control, and STD testing and treatment for Wisconsin patients. (2011 Act 32)

Supported a bill to repeal the Contraceptive Equity law which protects access to birth control. (AB 216/SB 202)

Gave his unelected political appointee unprecedented power to make changes to BadgerCare programs including dropping families from coverage, reducing benefits, and increasing premiums by tenfold.

Restricted access to abortion services by preventing the UW Hospital from providing abortions. (2011 Act 32)

Repealed Wisconsin’s comprehensive, medically accurate sex education law.  (2011 Act 216)

Took away private insurance coverage for abortion - coverage the majority of Wisconsinites currently have. (2011 Act 218)

Supports a constitutional amendment to grant "personhood" and legal rights to a fertilized egg, making abortion illegal without exceptions and banning common forms of birth control, stem cell research, and in-vitro fertilization.

Repealed Pay Equity Law

Repealed Wisconsin's Pay Equity law which protected women from being paid less than their male counterparts. (2011 Act 219)

Signed a bill into law that further restricts women's access to abortion and threatens doctors with felony charges for providing abortion care to women. (2011 Act 217)

Ended Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin's 16-year contract with the state to provide breast and cervical cancer care coordination, referrals, and outreach.

Created an unnecessary requirement that physicians who provide abortion services must obtain hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the abortion health center. If enforced, this law would significantly reduce the availability of abortion services in Wisconsin by closing two of the four remaining facilities that offer abortion services. (2013 Act 37)

Signed bill to block Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin from receiving federal Title X funding for family planning services. (Act 151)

Signed bill to reduce federal Medicaid reimbursement payments to Planned Parenthood for birth control services. (Act 152)


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