MADISON - Politically or educationally motivated? That's one of the questions surrounding a Planned Parenthood advertisement critical of State Senator Michael Ellis.
Some say the woman's advocacy group is misrepresenting the Neenah Republican.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin say it is trying to educate the public on recently passed policies concerning women's health and rights.
The group is using commercials like the one featuring Ellis, who is also the Senate President.
The footage in the ad is from a June session on the Senate floor. The bill being discussed requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Planned Parenthood has said the bill would force the organization to close its clinic in Grand Chute.
WisconsinEye claims Planned Parenthood misused its footage for the commercial. The cable network airs and records events at the state capitol.
WisconsinEye President & CEO Jon Henkes released a statement saying the commercial "…creates the false impression that Senate debate was inappropriately shut down by Ellis..."
"The only bad behavior here is by Ellis and his Republican colleagues who cut access to cervical and breast cancer screenings, birth control and STD testing and treatment for women at Planned Parenthood,” reads a statement from Nicole Safar, in-house legal counsel for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.
Both WisconsinEye and Planned Parenthood say the public can find the truth in the full June debate.
WisconsinEye's president says the service will work to tighten how its material is used.
Planned Parenthood's statement does not address the WisconsinEye accusations.
A representative for Ellis said the senator had no comment.
Meanwhile, a federal judge has blocked the abortion law from taking effect until a November trial challenging it.
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