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Governor Walker's budget respects consciences of Wisconsin taxpayers

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

For Immediate Release
March 2, 2011

Contact: Matt Sande, Director of Legislation, (262) 796-1111, cell (262) 352-0890

Governor Walker’s budget respects consciences of Wisconsin taxpayers

Governor Walker’s 2011-2013 biennial budget bill eliminates family planning funding under the Title V Maternal and Child Health program, repeals a current law mandate forcing public and private health insurers to cover contraceptives and removes men aged 15-44 from the Medicaid Family Planning Waiver Program. Matt Sande, Director of Legislation, offered the following reaction:

“We applaud Governor Walker for making the following common sense budget decisions that respect the consciences of Wisconsin taxpayers:

As it confronts an over $3 billion structural deficit in the coming biennium, the state of Wisconsin can no longer afford the controversial business of “family planning.” All money is fungible. Family planning funds free up resources within receiving organizations to engage in the abortion business. Confidential family planning services also include the provision of abortifacient hormonal contraceptives, such as the morning-after pill and the patch, to adults and minor children. Rather than throw money at organizations that perform or refer for abortion, family planning funds should be eliminated to help balance the state budget. Governor Walker’s budget proposal makes a good start toward this end by eliminating the Title V (Maternal & Child Health) family planning program. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion provider, annually receives over $2 million in Title V state and federal matching funds. Polls consistently demonstrate that Americans are opposed to taxpayer funding of abortions.

The Governor’s budget also repeals an onerous current law mandate forcing public and private health plans to cover contraceptive drugs and devices. Under this mandate, contraceptives are defined as drugs or devices approved by the FDA to “prevent pregnancy.” Pregnancy is not a disease. The government should not force private and public health insurers – and the policy holders (businesses and individuals) who are paying for this expansion through increased premiums – to cover drugs and devices that are purely elective. The question is who should be responsible for these choices. It should not be Wisconsin taxpayers, many of whom are medically and morally opposed to birth control.

Finally, the Governor’s budget removes men aged 15-44 from the Medicaid Family Planning Waiver Program. This state/federal program provides free, taxpayer-funded birth control to 15, 16 and 17-year-old boys and girls without their parents’ knowledge or consent. This undermines parental authority in the sensitive area of teen sexual health and increases underage pregnancy, abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases by encouraging sexual promiscuity. We thank Governor Walker for removing boys from this program, and we encourage the Wisconsin Legislature to also remove minor girls by requesting a federal waiver to increase the program’s minimum eligibility age from 15 to 18.”