Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin partners with Illinois facilities for abortions
MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced it’s partnering with facilities in neighboring Illinois to continue offering abortion care in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the U.S. 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 then return to Wisconsin to recover.
“Earlier this year, Wisconsin staff spent several days training in Illinois. Clinicians and medical staff were licensed to practice in Illinois. And we worked out systems so patients can start and end their care in Wisconsin,” said Jennifer Welch, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.
The Supreme Court ruling last month ended the federal right to abortion access, leaving the legality of abortion up to the states. Wisconsin’s law from 1849 went back into effect, banning abortions unless three doctors agree the mother’s life is at risk. Abortion is still legal in Illinois.
“The majority of the team in Wisconsin providing abortion care have stepped up to travel to Illinois to serve that patient need, and this includes... physicians, clinicians nurses and staff support to make sure this effort cares for patients,” Kristen Schultz, chief strategy and operations officer for Planned Parenthood of Illinois, said.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois says its clinics have seen a tenfold increase in patients from Wisconsin in the three weeks since Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Wisconsin Right to Life tells us it remains committed to giving women opportunities to follow through on a pregnancy.
“Our hope would be that women would stay here and choose life for their children. And there are nearly 100 free pregnancy resource enters across the state. They are ready to meet women with support, totally free,” Gracie Skogman, legislative assistant with Wisconsin Right to Life, said.
Planned Parenthood clinics in Wisconsin still offer health services, including birth control, pregnancy testing, pregnancy-related services, HIV testing and cancer screenings.
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