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Planned Parenthood: Ryan lies about access to health care in Wisconsin

During a CNN town hall meeting last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan told a patient who relies on Planned Parenthood that she would have many other places to go for her health care if he is successful in kicking Planned Parenthood out of the Medicaid program.

However, ending funding for preventive care at Planned Parenthood would devastate essential health care access among the country’s and state’s most vulnerable populations — most prominently in Paul Ryan’s own back yard.

If Paul Ryan really wanted women to get the health care they need, he would not propose ending Planned Parenthood’s ability to serve 50,000 people in Wisconsin, leaving most of them without another provider.

As a part of the pubic health network in Wisconsin, no one knows better than Planned Parenthood the lack of access people in our state already face. We have been unable to identify alternative health care providers who are able to absorb Planned Parenthood’s patients in Wisconsin — including in Paul Ryan’s own district.

In 73 percent of the counties PPWI serves, there is not a provider who could absorb Planned Parenthood’s patients. In those rare communities where there are other community health care providers, many would be unable to meet our patients’ need if Planned Parenthood could not provide care.

In fact, more than 6,000 people living in Speaker Ryan’s own district rely on Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment and birth control. On behalf of these patients, we ask Speaker Ryan where these people go for health care? Community based health centers like Planned Parenthood are critical for especially vulnerable patients without easy access to other providers.

Even with Planned Parenthood’s continued care, there is a tremendous unmet need for health care in Wisconsin and in Speaker Paul Ryan’s own district. In Ryan’s district specifically, STD rates, teen births, poverty, infant mortality and unemployment rates are all higher than the state average. We’ve been hearing from leaders, partners and patients across Wisconsin, including those in the Speaker’s district. What they all know is ensuring continued access to a trusted and affordable community health care provider like Planned Parenthood is something we should all agree is important to help keep our communities safe, healthy and strong.


Vetting the 2016 presidential candidates? | You might be surprised at the top Google search questions

Google is compiling the most frequently asked questions posed to the search engine about presidential candidates.

During the summer, here were the top queries about each contender.

How tall is Jeb Bush?

Who is Ben Carson?

Who is Lincoln Chafee?

How tall is Chris Christie?

How old is Hillary Clinton?

How can Ted Cruz run?

How old is Carly Fiorina?

Who is Jim Gilmore?

Who is Lindsey Graham?

How old is Mike Huckabee?

Where was Bobby Jindal born?

How tall is John Kasich?

Is Martin O’Malley a Democrat or Republican?

How tall is George Pataki?

How tall is Rand Paul?

How old is Rick Perry?

How old is Marco Rubio?

How old is Bernie Sanders?

Where is Rick Santorum from?

How old is Donald Trump?

How old is Scott Walker?

Who is Jim Webb? 

Arizona Republicans pass bill saying life begins two weeks prior to conception

According to Arizona lawmakers, life begins two weeks prior to conception.

In creating new abortion regulations that will make their state the most restrictive in the nation for a woman seeking to end a pregnancy, Arizona lawmakers redefined gestational age as “calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman.” They based their definition on the way doctors define gestational age.

But doctors only use the day of the woman’s last menstrual period to predict the duration of a pregnancy. They stress that it’s impossible to know exactly when conception occurs. In fact, there is no one “moment” of conception.

Republicans in Arizona, however, believe that redefining the beginning of life begins will allow them to block abortion access for more women. As a result of their redefinition, Arizona women will not be able to have an abortion 18 weeks after conception, compared with 20 weeks in most other states.

In addition to their new definition of the beginning of life, GOP lawmakers in Arizona passed a bill mandating that teens be taught that giving birth and putting their babies up for adoption are the best way to handle an unwanted pregnancy.

Another Republican-passed bill in the state prohibits lawsuits against doctors who withhold information about a fetus’ health, such as severe birth defects, if that information could lead to an abortion. In addition, parents cannot sue on behalf of a severely defective child after birth.

The controversial bills now head to the desk of Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, a Tea Party favorite.

Gay congressman Jared Polis announces birth of his son

Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado has announced the birth of a new son, making him the only openly gay member of Congress to be a parent.

While few details of the birth were made available, the Democratic congressman’s press office did release the announcement that Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, sent to friends and family.

The e-mail announcement said Caspian Julius was born on Friday and weighed in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces. The announcement asked well-wishers for “nice thoughts for Caspian, humankind, the planet and the universe.”

The e-mail message added: “Baby and parents are doing well, baby has learned to cry already!”

It was unclear whether the baby was adopted or born through a surrogate.

Polis is one of four openly gay members of Congress. He’s serving his second term in office. An award-winning philanthropist, he has founded a number of companies and is one of the 10 richest members of Congress, worth an estimated $65 million.