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Wisconsin Cuts Millions In Funding For Planned Parenthood

Gov. Scott Walker signed two bills that could cost the organization about $7.5 million a year in funding. In other states, the Kentucky governor has filed a suit against Planned Parenthood, claiming it performed illegal abortions; and a Texas health official steps down after co-authoring a study about women's access to health services after Planned Parenthood funding was cut.

Reuters: Wisconsin Blocks Federal Funds From Reaching Planned Parenthood
Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker signed two bills into law on Thursday that block federal funding from Planned Parenthood and could cost the local organization millions of dollars. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin could lose about $7.5 million a year because of the measures, an organization spokeswoman said. (Gonzales and Herskovitz, 2/18)

USA Today/The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal: Kentucky Gov Sues Planned Parenthood Over Abortions
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday that the state has filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc. for operating a facility in which it alleges that 23 abortions were performed unlawfully from Dec. 3 through Jan. 28. The lawsuit is the latest development in the clash between Bevin and Planned Parenthood, which has said it was operating under instructions of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services when it began offering abortions in December at its new clinic in downtown Louisville. (Yetter, 2/18)

The Associated Press: Texas Health Official Out After Study On Planned Parenthood
A top Texas health official is stepping down after co-authoring a study that drew strong backlash from Republican leaders for suggesting that cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting access to women's health care statewide. Rick Allgeyer, director of research at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, was facing possible discipline for the study published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine. He was eligible for retirement and will leave in March, agency spokesman Bryan Black said Thursday. (2/18)

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