Weekly Democratic radio address: "Protect Access to Birth Control" 


LA CROSSE – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the Democratic weekly radio address today. In her radio message, Sen. Shilling urged legislators to protect access to birth control and focus efforts this fall on restoring school funding, reducing student loan debt and increasing retirement security. 

"Let’s not make it more difficult by restricting access to preventive care and blocking access to birth control. Let’s find ways to work together on issues that hardworking Wisconsinites actually care about – like restoring school funding, reducing student loan debt and increasing retirement security. It’s time to abandon Gov. Walker’s failed ‘divide and conquer’ strategy and focus on the issues that will help move our state forward, together." - Sen. Shilling
 

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here: http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen32/shillingradio9.24.15.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below: 

"Hi, I’m Senator Jennifer Shilling. While Gov. Walker’s presidential campaign is over, legislative Republicans are continuing to push forward his divisive and misguided attacks on women’s health care. Thousands of Wisconsin women rely on Planned Parenthood and other community-based clinics to access birth control, testing, cancer screenings and other important health services. 
 
"These dedicated providers are working hard to educate young adults, promote healthy family planning and prevent unintended pregnancies in our state. Their efforts have improved health care access and delivered positive results in our state for years, but Republicans have launched an all-out attack on these basic services. 
 
"Rather than creating jobs and strengthening our middle class, Republican leaders want to defund community health centers, restrict access to birth control and block lifesaving medical research that could one day lead to a cure for cancer, diabetes and other illnesses. Women and their families in Wisconsin already face a number of challenges when it comes to accessing affordable health care in their communities. 
 
"Let’s not make it more difficult by restricting access to preventive care and blocking access to birth control. Let’s find ways to work together on issues that hardworking Wisconsinites actually care about – like restoring school funding, reducing student loan debt and increasing retirement security. It’s time to abandon Gov. Walker’s failed ‘divide and conquer’ strategy and focus on the issues that will help move our state forward, together."