MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced it is partnering with facilities in neighboring Illinois to continue offering abortion care following Roe vs. Wade overturned by the United States Supreme Court.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois says it opened a clinic in Waukegan, near the Wisconsin state line, in 2020 in anticipation of an abortion ban. Women who begin the process in Wisconsin will travel to Illinois and then return to Wisconsin to recover.
“Earlier this year, Wisconsin staff spent several days training in Illinois. Clinicians and medical personnel were licensed to practice in Illinois. And we’ve built systems for patients to start and end their care in Wisconsin,” said Jennifer Welch, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.
Last month’s Supreme Court decision ended the federal right to abortion access, leaving the legality of abortion to the states. The Wisconsin law of 1849 came back into effect, prohibiting abortions unless three doctors agree that the mother’s life is in danger. Abortion is still legal in Illinois.
“Most of the team from Wisconsin providing abortion care has traveled to Illinois to meet this patient need, and that includes…doctors, clinical nurses, and support from the staff to make sure this effort takes care of patients,” Kristen Schultz, director of strategy and operations for Planned Parenthood of Illinois, said.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois says its clinics have seen the number of patients in Wisconsin increase tenfold over the next three weeks Roe vs. Wade was overthrown.
Wisconsin Right to Life tells us that it remains committed to empowering women to pursue pregnancy.
“Our hope would be for women to stay here and choose life for their children. And there are nearly 100 free pregnancy resources statewide. They are ready to meet women with support, completely free,” said Wisconsin Right to Life legislative aide Gracie Skogman.
Planned Parenthood clinics in Wisconsin still offer health services, including birth control, pregnancy testing, pregnancy-related services, HIV testing, and cancer screenings.
Partnership with Planned Parenthood of Illinois allows women to have the procedure there and recover in Wisconsin
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