CEO of Planned Parenthood Wisconsin talks new Sheboygan clinic, opposition speaks up

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Northeast Wisconsin has a new Planned Parenthood facility in Sheboygan.

“They don’t provide healthcare, they provide STD testing here, contraception there and they don’t provide mammograms like they say they do,” says 40 Days for Life member Jim Ball. “They are an abortion industry, the largest in the country, they make the money killing babies.”

Jim Ball has been a member of 40 Days for Life for years.

The pro-life group has held prayer vigils like this one in front of Planned Parenthoods.

Planned Parenthood says the new clinic in Sheboygan was needed to fill a health care gap.

It will be one of the only facilities in the state to offer abortions.

The others are in Madison and Milwaukee.

“We have women traveling for hours and hours and hours to access some services, abortion in particular. We have people driving from the northern part of Wisconsin,” says president of Planned Parenthood Wisconsin Tanya Atkinson.

But Ball says the facility isn’t necessary and that women have other options.

“When you take adoption and you take crisis pregnancy centers, people who are willing to help these women, there are plenty of alternatives,” he says. “That’s just the canard that Planned Parenthood puts out there that pro-life people don’t care about women after the baby is saved.”

And Atkinson says options is what they provide.

“Decisions about pregnancy and parenting and whether or not to have a child vary,” says Atkinson. “Every single person who walks through our doors, whatever services they are here for really has a different story and different healthcare need.”

Atkinson says the opening of Planned Parenthood in Sheboygan is timely because the county has seen a steady increase of STDs since 2015.

They believe the clinic will serve as a way for individuals to have easy access to testing and treatment.

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