WI Gov. Scott Walker signs budget that cuts funding for Planned Parenthood

posted at 3:30 pm on June 27, 2011 by Tina Korbe

No amount of drama seems to deter the impressively resolute Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose executive eye has been trained on balancing the budget since Day 1. The governor who withstood the pressure of pronounced union protests against his first proposed budget repair bill yesterday signed a new budget that would controversially cut funding for Planned Parenthood. The Daily Caller reports:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, signed a state budget Sunday that cut spending on education and health clinics, including Planned Parenthood centers, reported National Journal.

[Not] surprisingly, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin denounced the budget. The group, which runs 27 centers statewide, says that services like cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control will be cut back. Conservatives have targeted the group because it also provides abortion services.

Julaine Appling of the organization Wisconsin Family Action said, “If organizations want to do that, we’re not saying they don’t have the right to do that under the law. While we disagree with abortions entirely, they do have that right … [But] we don’t have to use taxpayer money to do that.”

Certainly, it makes sense to cut funding for questionable clinics. Wisconsin isn’t the only state to want to ensure no taxpayer dollars go to abortion procedures that, all too often, yield negative unintended emotional and physical consequences. Kansas and North Carolina have also cut off funds to Planned Parenthood. (Indiana likewise passed a law to limit funding, but U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt last Friday temporarily halted enforcement.)

But the broader story of this budget is even more important than the specific cuts it entails. Walker campaigned on a promise to balance the budget and he has remained committed to that promise. Sunday’s budget represents a victory for more than this or that faction — for groups who favor defunding Planned Parenthood or for promoters of school choice, for example. (The budget also expands Milwaukee’s successful school voucher program.)

No, Sunday’s budget represents a victory for anyone who values honesty and integrity, who thinks campaign promises should be kept, who is willing to sacrifice for the sake of living according to the restrictions of reality. It’s so obvious it’s easy to forget to say it: Wisconsin quite simply can’t afford to fund Planned Parenthood! Walker deserves the reputation he has earned on the right — as a realistic and determined governor who, through his campaign, gained the support of the electorate and who, through his transparent administration, plans to keep it — even when special interest groups attempt to hijack the debate.


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Love this man!

Renwaa on June 27, 2011 at 3:32 PM

More reason for the libtards in WI, to get in their(republicans) faces. They have no control over WI anymore and they are not happy. Ha Ha for them.

Brat4life on June 27, 2011 at 3:33 PM

awesome! I feel a praise comin’ on!

Pawlenty, the new Lunesta on June 27, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Cut, slash, burn. Should happen to all PP offices as well as all public unions.

VegasRick on June 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

School vouchers over Planned Parenthood. Awesome.

Wethal on June 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

“Scottwalkerstan! Nazi! RAGAFLAGOGROWLGRRRFRACKACRACKASPIT!”

-crr6

Bishop on June 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Ernesto might not ever come out of that fetal position if this keeps up…

stvnscott on June 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Very admirable governor but the MSM is in the process of deifying New York’s Cuomo.

cartooner on June 27, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, signed…

I love how the MSM never fails to put the party in when a Republican does something they consider bad, but when it’s a Democrat, you have to look at the last paragraph of the story to find the guy’s party.

In this case, they should just put it this way:

Republican Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), a Republican, signed…

Kafir on June 27, 2011 at 3:38 PM

The group, which runs 27 centers statewide, says that services like cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control will be cut back. Conservatives have targeted the group because it also provides abortion services.

Would the group care to provide the number of women using each particular service? I’m thinking that door #3 is BY FAR the one used most, mainly under the “invasive surgery” category of birth control as opposed to doling out “the pill”.

teke184 on June 27, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Me likey

Kudos to the guv

cmsinaz on June 27, 2011 at 3:40 PM

The group, which runs 27 centers statewide, says that services like cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control will be cut back. Conservatives have targeted the group because it also provides abortion services.

They always brag about the “other services” but their main thin is killing babies for $$, no matter how much they try to hide it.

We defunded them here in Indiana (as noted), and they could have continued funding for “all of the rest” if they had agreed to stop abortions, but no.

Liberal judge overruling will of the electorate in 3 … 2 …

IrishEyes on June 27, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Walker is a tough dude.

He’s going to have quite the reputation if he decides to go national.

darwin on June 27, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Ryder & Penske will no longer allow Planned Parenthood to use their trucks to ship dead pre-born babies. Let’s hope U-Haul & others will also stop doing business with this gruesome industry.
Until then, we will only use Penske or Ryder.
http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=315189

itsnotaboutme on June 27, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Wisconsin leftists will justify their resulting riots about being unable to kill the unborn by saying they’re doing it for the children.

Bishop on June 27, 2011 at 3:41 PM

ATTABOAH!

fossten on June 27, 2011 at 3:41 PM

IMHO, this puts Wisconsin in play in the 2012 Presidential contest.

honsy on June 27, 2011 at 3:41 PM

The group, which runs 27 centers statewide, says that services like cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control will be cut back. Conservatives have targeted the group because it also provides abortion services.
Would the group care to provide the number of women using each particular service? I’m thinking that door #3 is BY FAR the one used most, mainly under the “invasive surgery” category of birth control as opposed to doling out “the pill”.

teke184 on June 27, 2011 at 3:38 PM

To pump up the numbers, they separate out the individual services done in one appointment with one woman. Thus, physical exam counts as one, cancer screening (Pap smear) as one, contraceptive services as one, as if they took place with different women or at different times.

A lot of PP don’t do mammograms, as the modern computerized x-ray equipment for that is costly.

Wethal on June 27, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Walker is one of the new stars of the GOP. i could see him has someone’s VP in 2012. or a POTUS candidate in 2016 or 2020. He has fortitude and doens’t need youtube to show it.

unseen on June 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

“Scottwalkerstan! Nazi! RAGAFLAGOGROWLGRRRFRACKACRACKASPIT!”

-crr6

Bishop on June 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Bishop never disappoints.

If you’re ever in Louisville, let me know, big guy. I’ll buy you a steak.

fossten on June 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Planned parethood could easily start receiving money if they only differeniate abortion from their other “services”. They won’t do it. What does that tell you?

darwin on June 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

That man has “Brass”!

Lawrence on June 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

That clanging sound when Walker strolls into the room?

Brass balls.

iurockhead on June 27, 2011 at 3:44 PM

If you’re ever in Louisville, let me know, big guy. I’ll buy you a steak.

fossten on June 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I spent my childhood in Louisville. Lovely town.

Missy on June 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Aint that the truth cartooner

cmsinaz on June 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Walker is one of the new stars of the GOP. i could see him has someone’s VP in 2012. or a POTUS candidate in 2016 or 2020. He has fortitude and doens’t need youtube to show it.

unseen on June 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Would love to see him run for POTUS.

Missy on June 27, 2011 at 3:46 PM

For all you cheeseheads, I’ll gladly trade you Dayton for Walker.

Thanks.

Nelsen on June 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Isn’t cslouisville known for BBQ? Not that I would pass up steak, but you can’t get decent BBQ up here unless you do it yourself.

Bishop on June 27, 2011 at 3:51 PM

I’m pretty impressed with him staying focused on the target.

Wish we had more governors (and Congresscritters) like him.

ButterflyDragon on June 27, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Planned Parenthood -let them be funded by private donations. If it stops being lucrative endeavor “Abortion Mills” make money the left will drop it’s support. If the Left has to pay for something out of it’s own pocket so called women’s health isn’t going to be so high on their list of concerns. They will have to find another way to pander to the poor and stick it to them in the back another way. Who convinces people that killing their own seed is for their own good? So Mr Gore can have 4 kids he’s paid his carbon credits…..Mr Gore wants the poor to stop having children or not as many. They are using up his natural resources, and he doesn’t want to share. Besides he knows, he can always import cheap labor, to mow his lawn, and clean his house….massage his chakra.

Dr Evil on June 27, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Thank you Gov. Walker! Me thinks the feds will come seeing you soon, cause this is illegal per their thinking. Keep up the good work Walker and citizens in WI with like minds.
L

letget on June 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Love this guy! Can we bend the rules in this case and can we clone him? It’s amazing how good things start happening when you finally break the democrat monopolies and stop the blood sucking.

mozalf on June 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I spent my childhood in Louisville. Lovely town.

Missy on June 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I work in Louisville. Live in Indiana, though.

Pawlenty, the new Lunesta on June 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM

That clanging sound when Walker strolls into the room?

Brass balls.

iurockhead on June 27, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Thread winner!!!!!!! I agree, this man has a BRILLIANT political future.

karenhasfreedom on June 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Pawlenty, the new Lunesta on June 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Hilarious screen name here. Had to think twice before I “got it”.!!!!

karenhasfreedom on June 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

OT: I am thoroughly enjoying some sweet watermelon right now. One of the joys of summer.

karenhasfreedom on June 27, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Where’s the “like” button? ;o)

infidel4life on June 27, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Note to GOP all over the country…

… See Scott Walker, work into lather, rinse, then repeat.

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2011 at 3:57 PM

What I don’t understand is why has it taken so long to get Republican leaders who can not only speak the conservative message articulately, but can ACT on it as well. We obviously were electing little girls too scared about leftist tantrums to stand up for conservatism. Thank God we’ve finally found some people with guts.

JSGreg3 on June 27, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Wow. A politician with a backbone. Didn’t know those still existed on the right!

search4truth on June 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM

RAGAFLAGOGROWLGRRRFRACKACRACKASPIT!”

-crr6

Bishop on June 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Sufferin’ succotash.

John the Libertarian on June 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Hilarious screen name here. Had to think twice before I “got it”.!!!!

karenhasfreedom on June 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Thanks! that was exactly what I was aiming for.

Pawlenty, the new Lunesta on June 27, 2011 at 4:01 PM

I consider myself pro-choice, but I think that abortion is a completely elective procedure. As such, the government has about as much business funding it as funding boob jobs and sex-change operations.

And Planned Parenthood/Guttmacher, et al seem to take in a whole lot of private money to lobby for public money. What if it were spent instead on a fund for the poor women they say cannot afford abortions? If public monies were not spent on abortions, wouldn’t that make it so much harder for those who object to abortion to keep it from happening?

Or would a private fund make those who run the fund have to choose who to fund, as opposed to the state shutting up and paying up? Ooooh, responsibility, what a concept!

Sekhmet on June 27, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Walker walking tall in Wisconsin.
Love him.

carbon_footprint on June 27, 2011 at 4:05 PM

The most disgusting thing about Planned Abortionhood (other than the glee in killing babies) is that they pretend to be a non-profit, which means they are sucking on the teet of the government. Trust me, there’s a lot of profit in non-profits thanks to government grants. It really should be a campaign promise for some ballsy GOP candidate to investigate where all the Federal money for grants is going. I won’t hold my breath.

SouthernGent on June 27, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Isn’t cslouisville known for BBQ? Not that I would pass up steak, but you can’t get decent BBQ up here unless you do it yourself.

Bishop on June 27, 2011 at 3:51 PM

LOL not really, although our BBQ isn’t bad.

But here’s my bona fide offer.

fossten on June 27, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Walker is about to feel the brunt of Obama and his thug administration as the attacks to hurt Wisconsin will go the lists of states already under attack for not bowing to the unions. The corruption of this administration will be felt by every state that does not pay homage to Obama’s anti-American obsession.

volsense on June 27, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Scott Walker – just as effective as Chris Christie, but with half the calories.

fossten on June 27, 2011 at 4:14 PM

The Party of Chopping Up Babies now huddled at the WH planning its next move.

Akzed on June 27, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Splendid!

onlineanalyst on June 27, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Now comes the claim of “coat hangers and back alley’s”…I can hear the gnashing of the teeth…

right2bright on June 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I work in Louisville. Live in Indiana, though.

Pawlenty, the new Lunesta on June 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Clarksville, New Albany, or Jeff?

fossten on June 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Ernesto might not ever come out of that fetal position if this keeps up…

stvnscott on June 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Last I heard Ernie was last seen trying to put a syndicate together to buy the LA Dodgers and bring them back to Brooklyn (where they belong).

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Despicable.

mythicknight on June 27, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Wethal on June 27, 2011 at 3:42 PM

I don’t really put them past doing this, and I’m not doubting YOU, but if you can back this up with a link, I’d sure appreciate it.
A few folks I know might actually see the light if I can prove that.
Thanks.

pambi on June 27, 2011 at 4:42 PM

The group, which runs 27 centers statewide, says that services like cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control will be cut back. Conservatives have targeted the group because it also provides abortion services.

Would the group care to provide the number of women using each particular service? I’m thinking that door #3 is BY FAR the one used most, mainly under the “invasive surgery” category of birth control as opposed to doling out “the pill”.

teke184 on June 27, 2011 at 3:38 PM

One of Planned Parenthood’s arguments is that they provide a wide range of services and government money is only a small part of their funding. They do this in order to make us think that they will be around regardless of government funding so there’s no point in cutting them off.

Then why do they go nuts when cutting off funding is suggested? It’s much like funding for PBS, -’the funding is insignificant but don’t you dare mess with it’.

slickwillie2001 on June 27, 2011 at 4:46 PM

You’re on a roll Gov. Walker! Keep it up. Don’t back down. We’ve got your back!

Love ya man (non-gay).

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 27, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Note to GOP all over the country…

… See Scott Walker, work into lather, rinse, then repeat.

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Mitch Daniels ended collective bargaining for state employees and signed the bill to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, and yet the Rino hunters still called him an elitist. So I guess that the GOP needs to keep in mind that even if they do these things, it might not be good enough for some people.

Terrye on June 27, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Wow. A politician with a backbone. Didn’t know those still existed on the right!

search4truth on June 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM

To which I note:

Note to GOP all over the country…

… See Scott Walker, work into lather, rinse, then repeat.

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Mitch Daniels ended collective bargaining for state employees and signed the bill to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, and yet the Rino hunters still called him an elitist. So I guess that the GOP needs to keep in mind that even if they do these things, it might not be good enough for some people.

Terrye on June 27, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Terrye on June 27, 2011 at 5:11 PM

It’s so obvious it’s easy to forget to say it: Wisconsin quite simply can’t afford to fund Planned Parenthood!

I wouldn’t argue with this message, and if enough people can come to relaize this, I think that’s a great start. But I think it’s also important to go deeper than that (after all, the argument could be made that we can always raise taxes or somehow increase revenue to afford more stuff…as long as the stuff is good stuff, right?)

The State has no business funding what should be private enterprises (and that includes charitable organizations). Considering the tough economic times we face and that Planned Parenthood offers abortions (a particularly odious service to force upon pro-life taxpayers) it’s easy to single it out as viable “fat” to trim (and I celebrate the cutting of its public funding!), but ultimately, even in the best of times, and if Planned Parenthood were giving out bunnies and kittens instead of chopping up babies in the womb, preserving its existence is not one of the State’s responsibilities. As such, we have not done ourselves any favors by allowing the State to assume responsibilities like that.

Just pointing out that we can’t afford programs like these seem to miss the point a bit (at least from a conservative POV); it’s rather that we shouldn’t have tried to budget for things like this in the first place. Our message shouldn’t be a defensive one that points to a lack of money and reluctantly pleads “Well, what can ya’ do?” with pockets turned inside-out; the message should be more of an offensive one (yeah, I know..) that forces such services to justify their claim on taxpayer dollars.

BlueCollarAstronaut on June 27, 2011 at 5:25 PM

For all you cheeseheads, I’ll gladly trade you Dayton for Walker.

Thanks.

Nelsen on June 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

No.

Do I need to add words to that? :-)

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Green… with envy. Stuck in the land of stupid; Ryan, Blago and Quinn.

Fallon on June 27, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Good on him.

I wonder if the Left can conjure up more hate for this guy, they seem over their limit already! Maybe their heads will explode?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 27, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I love him!! What I love most is he is standing up to all the lefty groups, the ones that so many in the Republican party are afraid to confront.

All these lefty groups have to be going out of their minds!

Go Walker!!

NYconservative on June 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM

What does Kloppy say??
Has Judge “Sue-me” already slapped it with an injunction??
crr6?? CRR6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Khun Joe on June 27, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Help! I live in Illinois…Does Scott Walker have a brother, sister or any distant relative that can take Quinns’ place?!?

shov74 on June 27, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Funny how Planned Parenthood is all for choice until the choice is not to send taxpayer money their way.

chickasaw42 on June 27, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Sadly, I believe cloning is evil; otherwise, I’d say we need to clone him so all GOP states can elect a person who stands up for his principles and promises. How on earth did Wisconsin end up with a stronger conservative governor than Tennessee? We still can’t cut PP funding and we have a GOP controlled congress and governor. WTHeck? Yes, we’ve had some progress and it’s just Memphis holding out, but still…WTH? Cut it already!!!

God bless you, Governor Walker, and the people with the good sense to elect you.

pannw on June 27, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Good on Gov. Walker!

But I’m sure the Demorats will find a fed judge to keep the money flowing to PP for a while.

WannabeAnglican on June 27, 2011 at 7:20 PM

BREAKING: Justice Bradley reports Governor Walker choked her just prior to signing budget bill. “He’s an animal!” she was heard sobbing to Chief Tubbs.

Roy Rogers on June 27, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Yep…keep doing all those wonderful things you promised. And then…http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/06/chart-of-the-day-new-gop-governors-tanking-nationwide.php?ref=fpb

The CJ Political Report on June 27, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Walker takes another step towards fiscal sanity!

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 27, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Expand school vouchers and shrivel Planned parenthood.

That is progressive. Seriously!!

seven on June 27, 2011 at 11:44 PM

For all you cheeseheads, I’ll gladly trade you Dayton for Walker.

Thanks.

Nelsen on June 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Sorry Nelson, we’ve had too many years with Doyle. I thank God for Gov. Walker.

The libs are already foaming at the mouth(like they ever stopped). Since they can’t go after Walker yet, they are targeting Dan Kapanke, one of the first repubs up for recall. I am getting sick of seeing a “promoted video” that is always at the top of the page on Youtube smearing Kapanke for voting with Walker. I haven’t watched it because I don’t want to give them any more views(it has less than 10,000 right now and it has been up for about a week), but right on the clip frame(titled: Shame On Dan Kapanke), next to an ugly woman, is written “Eliminated Funding For Cancer Screenings”. Now, I know this is referring to Planned Parenthood. Who the heck goes to PP for cancer screenings?! I think Gov. Walker, Kapanke, or someone else, needs to come right out and put out a retort video of their own, with facts.

My hunch is that it will not be a “promoted video” though.

Sterling Holobyte on June 28, 2011 at 1:01 AM