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.
Texas, Louisiana other Republican-controlled states tried to halt funding for the reproductive health organization after an anti-abortion group released videos last summer purported to show Planned Parenthood officials trying to negotiate prices for aborted fetal tissue. Under federal law, donated human fetal tissue may be used for research, but profiting from its sale is prohibited.
A grand jury in Texas cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing and indicted two anti-abortion activists behind the filming of the videos for tampering with a government record and violating a prohibition on the purchase and sale of human organs.
The encouraging thing here is that the Wisconsin legislature and Walker didn’t let the lunacy of the grand jury in Texas make them rethink anything. Not every district attorney in America is going to have its own in-house Planned Parenthood shill ready when these things inevitably go to court, after all.
There may not be a lot of hope among many of us about states versus feds battles, but the battles must continue to be fought. At some point, we may get lucky and live to see the will of the people once again be more important than the will of the courts.