Planned Parenthood Closes Four Clinics In Iowa

Planned Parenthood Closes Four Clinics In Iowa

Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood announced it was closing its only clinic in Wyoming and three of its clinics in New Mexico.

Planned Parenthood also considers the parental consent requirement to have a "chilling effect on teenagers already dealing with a hard situation", according to Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of PPINK.

Since 2010 Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has closed 20 clinics.

Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains (PPRM) is closing five locations in the Midwest.

"We are proud of the efforts of the legislature approving more than $3.2 million for women's health-care clinics that do not perform abortions", said Ben Hammes, the governor's spokesman. Chris Hall and Rep. Tim Kacena called the closing of the Sioux City clinic "troubling", saying it means almost 5,000 women in the area will "lose access to critical health care services like cancer screenings and birth control".

The health centers slated for closing are in Sioux City, Bettendorf, Burlington and Keokuk.

Mansanares stressed that Planned Parenthood would maintain a presence in the state via the Wyoming Abortion Fund, a network of abortion providers, and by continuing to offer "sexual education resources".




The four clinics will be closed as of June 30, immediately leaving almost 15,000 patients in the Quad Cities, Burlington, Keokuk, and Sioux City without the basic care on which they have come to rely.

A coalition of 35 Iowa groups that oppose abortion have previously argued that funding for family planning indirectly subsidizes abortions.

According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute - which is affiliated with the Susan B. Anthony List - 165 federally qualified community and rural health centers with more comprehensive healthcare services than Planned Parenthood exist throughout the state.

Only one licensed abortion clinic remains in the state - a Planned Parenthood center in St. Louis - partly as a result of Missouri's restrictions. Branstad has said it will be replaced by a state-funded program that will direct funds to organizations that do not provide abortions. Two suits filed past year challenged a ban on abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities and a mandate that forces women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion. The funds can not be used to pay for abortions. "They primarily provide services related to abortion".

"There's no secret that the reproductive health landscape right now is tough", she said, referring to the "defund Planned Parenthood" campaigns from opponents of abortion.

While several states have attempted to remove state funding for Planned Parenthood, few have done so by forgoing Medicaid family planning reimbursements altogether. "As more people have become involved in the discussion, they've come to the realization that life begins at conception".

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