Inside Planned Parenthood: Doctors, patients struggle to navigate Wisconsin’s restrictive abortion laws

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The Cap Times takes a look at how Wisconsin’s series of abortion laws impact providing and receiving reproductive health services, and how a large swath of the state has difficult access given there are just three Wisconsin clinics and they’re all located in Milwaukee and Madison.

Wisconsin lawmaker says abortion access is bad for labor force

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A Wisconsin state representative has defended a ban on state health insurance coverage of abortion because, according to him, access to the procedure negatively impacts the labor force. State Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) made the Handmaid’s Tale-esque argument during a state Assembly debate Thursday on AB 128. > Huffington Post

Wisconsin Assembly approves bill blocking state health plans from covering abortion

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Abortions would not be covered by health insurance plans for Wisconsin state employees, with few exceptions, under legislation approved Thursday by the state Assembly. Lawmakers voted on party lines to approve the bill, authored by Sen. David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere). > Cap Times

Bill moves forward to ban abortion training by UW employees

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A state Senate committee voted Thursday on party lines to advance a bill that would bar University of Wisconsin employees from performing or assisting with abortions under the scope of their employment. The bill was introduced by Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere). > Cap Times

Proposed bill would bar university staff from Planned Parenthood work

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Anti-abortion advocates, and a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, clashed with University of Wisconsin medical school leaders Tuesday over a proposal that would end an arrangement allowing UW doctors to train students and perform abortions at Planned Parenthood. > Associated Press

Erpenbach, Taylor bills would undo some abortion restrictions in Wisconsin

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Three bills proposed by Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) would undo a series of anti-abortion measures signed into law in Wisconsin over the last two decades. Though the legislation has virtually no chance of passing, Erpenbach said they will continue introducing it “session after session until it becomes law.” > Cap Times

Planned Parenthood opening new health center in Milwaukee

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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is opening a new, state-of-the-art, conveniently located health center in Milwaukee. The construction of the center was made possible to the financial support of many individuals throughout Wisconsin, according to a news release from the group. > Wisconsin Gazette