Wis. Senate Panel OKs Bills To Strip Planned Parenthood FundingThe state Senate's health committee has approved a pair of bills that would strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding and raise its Medicaid expenses. One measure would require the state to apply for $3.5 million in federal Title X grant money, which currently all goes to Planned Parenthood.
Assembly Committee To Vote On Fetal Tissue BanA Wisconsin state Assembly committee plans to vote on a Republican-backed bill that would prohibit research using tissue obtained from aborted fetuses. The measure up for a vote Wednesday in the Assembly's criminal justice committee is opposed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and researchers who say it will impede their work.
Why Don't More Minnesota Teens Use IUDs?Over the past three or four years, the medical community has reached a consensus about the best method for teenage girls to avoid unplanned pregnancies. Long-acting birth control devices -- IUDs and under-the-skin implants -- function for years without requiring any effort by women. Their effectivity rate, more than 99 percent, is surpassed only by sterility and celibacy. Teens who’ve used the devices prefer them to other contraceptives. And while the price of a single device is upward of $800, their long-term cost is among the lowest of any birth control method.
MN Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into Planned ParenthoodA group of Minnesota lawmakers has called on Gov. Mark Dayton to investigate claims that Planned Parenthood is selling human fetal tissue in violation of federal law, claims that the birth control organization dismisses as false.
GOP Presidential Hopeful Walker Signs Abortion Ban BillRepublican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one week after launching his bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, signed a bill Monday that outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Minnesota Mothers Warn Of Permanent Birth Control ProductWomen are planning protests across the country this week against a form of permanent birth control. The FDA announced it will take another look at Essure, the device marketed as being safer and cheaper alternative to getting your tubes tied.
Gov. Walker Backs 20-Week Abortion Ban With Or Without ExemptionGov. Scott Walker says he will sign a 20-week abortion ban whether or not it includes an exemption for cases of rape or incest. Walker was asked Monday about the bill following a speech at a Boys and Girls Club event in Delavan.
Women's Rights Advocates Revive Contraceptive Access BillWomen's rights advocates say a 2014 Supreme Court decision could jeopardize access to birth control in Minnesota. They've revived a bill at the state Capitol to require most companies to include contraception in their health insurance plans' prescription drug coverage.
More Women Freezing Eggs & Focusing On Careers FirstWhen and how women decide to have a family is changing. In some cases, women are postponing parenthood to focus on their career. Apple and Facebook are now even offering to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs.
Judge: Auto Dealer Need Not Cover ContraceptivesA federal judge says a Hastings auto dealership can't be forced to provide employees with health insurance that covers certain forms of birth control
Wis. Gov. Walker Outlines Abortion, Gay Marriage PositionsRepublican Gov. Scott Walker hasn't said much publicly about his positions on abortion or gay marriage, but he proudly trumpets his stances on both issues in a letter to a conservative group whose endorsement he wants. In the Sept. 5 letter to Wisconsin Family Action, Walker says he passed legislation that gives women seeking abortions more information and health protection and that he cut off state funding for abortion providers.
McFadden, Franken Seize On High-Pressure IssuesWith their election just weeks out, Sen. Al Franken and his Republican challenger Mike McFadden have seized on the issues of women's health and Ebola to motivate voters.