Planned Parenthood Closes Four Clinics In Iowa

Posted May 19, 2017

"This is a case of extreme Iowa politicians deciding they know what's better for a woman's health than the women actually seeking care, with devastating consequences", said Suzanna de Baca, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, in a statement.

That clinic now will expand to also provide reproductive and family planning services as the other clinics in the state provide, said Shaya Torres, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico.

About 30 staffers who've worked in the four clinics will be laid off. The budget cuts will require Planned Parenthood to close four of the 12 Iowa clinics that it now operates.

"Due to the switch to a state-run program, funding and access to women's health services will be more readily available to providers in rural areas rather than concentrated in Iowa's largest cities". The bill directs the state to give up millions of dollars in federal Medicaid money and spend about $3 million in state funding for a family planning program beginning July 1 that excludes funding for clinics affiliated with organizations providing abortions.

The health centers that will close are located in Quad Cities, Burlington, Keokuk, and Sioux City. According to the report, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland had served 30 percent of the individuals on Iowa's Medicaid family planning program.

Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky filed suit Thursday to block a new abortion law stressing parental rights when a minor seeks an abortion. However, the waiting period was blocked by a court shortly after it was enacted, allowing dozens of women to go ahead with their scheduled procedures. According to the new Guttmacher analysis, each FQHC site that now offers contraceptive services marks an average of 320 patients who use those services every year.

Texas in 2011 made a similar move that has reduced funding.

The cut was part of the state's roughly $7.2 billion budget, which was approved recently by outgoing Gov. Terry Branstad.

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