Planned Parenthood to close 4 Iowa clinics after funding cut

Planned Parenthood to close 4 Iowa clinics after funding cut

Planned Parenthood to close 4 Iowa clinics after funding cut

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, another affiliate of the nation's largest abortion provider, also announced plans to close four of its Iowa facilities, a third of their clinics in the state. Most facilities are slated to be shut down June 30, though the Bettendorf center will be open for several more months amid staffing logistics.

The clinic closures come after the state's Republican legislators worked to redirect Medicaid family-planning dollars away from abortion providers starting July 1.

According to Phillips, the Wyoming Planned Parenthood Clinic did not receive state funding and was mostly supported through donations and grants.

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.

In his three-page ruling Wednesday, Sachs said abortion-seeking women in central and southwestern Missouri are limited to driving to a distant clinic, trying to abort the fetus themselves or with the help of a non-professional, or have an unwanted birth.

A federal judge blocked both provisions, which were part of the same wide-ranging abortion law then-Gov. Not all of those clinics provided abortions, the main source of critics' opposition. "And instead what they are doing is, in order to target abortion providers, they have chose to stop accepting Medicaid dollars for family planning services and create their own, 100 percent state-funded family planning program specifically to preclude abortion providers from participating", she told Jezebel over the phone.

"Obviously, throughout the whole debate of this bill, we talked about what we saw as the potential impact, which is far less access for clients", said Jodi Tomlonovic at the Family Planning Council.

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The center does not perform in-clinic abortions, but does offer women a pill to terminate a pregnancy.

"It's just not a good thing for the state", Tomlonovic said.

"This is good news for families in the state of Iowa", Maggie DeWitte, director of Iowans for Life, said in a statement.

4,800 of which would go to the Sioux City location. "However, the harsh reality is that, despite all our efforts, there will be women who fall through the cracks and lose access to health care because of this unsafe legislation".

State Representatives Chris Hall and Tim Kacena, of Sioux City, said in a joint statement, "Every family deserves access to health care without interference from politicians. Women are not second class citizens". "However, the harsh reality is that, despite all our efforts, there will be women who fall through the cracks and lose access to health care because of this risky legislation".

The coming closures will drop the number of New Mexico Planned Parenthood clinics from six to three by this September. The move cost the state about $3 million.

The Burlington health care center served 2,118 patients in its last fiscal year, with 4,503 total visits, according to figures provided by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's regional office.

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