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Wisconsin is Open for Scare Centers – Report Exposes Republican Bias Featured

Madison -- On June 16, 2011, the Wisconsin state Senate voted to keep provisions in the state budget which revoked taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and directed federal Title V family-planning dollars to “public-health” agencies. The provisions also prohibited Planned Parenthood from giving funds to affiliates that provide abortions or abortion referrals.

Then on Friday, April 20, 2012 Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced its discontinuance of non-surgical abortions with the medication Mifepristone (RU 486) at its three abortion services clinics in Milwaukee, Madison and Appleton. The change came as a result of a new state law signed by Governor Scott Walker the same day. (Act 217).

An investigative report recently released by NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Foundation (NPCW Foundation) shows the state of Wisconsin’s bias towards state Pro-Choice advocates and organizations. In 2011 and 2012, the NPCW conducted an investigation into the business practices of “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” (CPC) or scare centers that are located throughout the state.

The report shows that these centers have a practice of providing false and misleading information, while at the same time using intense pressure and scare tactics on women who are facing unintended pregnancies in order to prevent an abortion. The NPCW estimates the number of CPS operating in the state of Wisconsin to be around 79 and growing.

In 2011, the same year Scott Walker and lockstep Republicans looked to defund Planned Parenthood; links to CPC’s appeared on the state’s website and CPC’s where able to seek funding from local governments.

The NPCW conducted an investigation into approximately 33 of 79 CPC’s operating within the state. The group asserts that through its investigation, CPC’s, offer misleading advertising such as offering free: Ultra sounds, pregnancy testing and more; however, those services were only free if woman endured counseling sessions that used guilt, fear, intimidation and misinformation in order to prevent an abortion, otherwise it wasn’t free.

The NPCW report also found of those investigated:

All CPC’s investigated, advised women that abortion leads to mental disorders known as “post abortion syndrome”, which has been found to not exist.

All CPC’s either orally or through written literature advised women that abortion leads to breast cancer, another medically disproven claim.

All CPC’s advised women that emergency contraception is dangerous to either physical or mental health.

Almost all CPC’s told women that contraception leads to increased risk of breast cancer.

Almost all CPC’s told women that abortion severely impacts their ability to have children in the future -- another medically disproven claim.

The investigation also revealed misleading advertising through websites and literature, as well as internet search engines. The report shows a genuine bias on behalf of Scott Walker and fellow Republicans who view a woman’s right to choose as a sin, and as such, willfully allow pro-life groups to operate clinics that undermine healthcare professionals Hippocratic Oath “First Do No Harm” and do it with public funding -- So much for the separation of church and state.

For a List of these Scare Centers you can click here

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