Multiple Iowa Planned Parenthood clinics closing after funding cut

Posted May 20, 2017

Planned Parenthood is closing half of its six New Mexico clinics, but the closures will not affect the availability of abortion procedures, the company announced Thursday.

Planned Parenthood's Casper location confirmed Tuesday it will close this summer after more than 40 years of operation because of financial reasons.

Planned Parenthood says it will close down clinics in Sioux City, Bettendorf, Burlington and Keokuk.

A spokesman couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

The Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is closing four affiliates, saying it's a direct result of new legislation signed into law last week to defund the agency.

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According to the Guttmacher Institute, a Washington, D.C. -based reproductive health research organization, Planned Parenthood provided 80 to 96 percent of family planning services for patients accessing care at a publicly funded provider in 2015 in Sioux City, Burlington and Keokuk.

This story will be updated. No state or federal dollars are used to fund abortions.

Governor Terry Branstad, who looks set to become US ambassador to China, signed a $1.7 billion health and human services appropriations bill on Friday.

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

Congressional Republicans are seeking to cut Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled, with the House earlier this month passing a health-care bill that would do just that.

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Jenifer Bowen of Iowa Right to Life, a spokeswoman for a coalition of groups that lobbied for the new policy, issued a written statement this afternoon. We have been in Iowa for 83 years, and we are not going anywhere. "And instead what they are doing is, in order to target abortion providers, they have made a decision 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.

A report from a Texas agency found that 30,000 fewer women were served in the Texas family planning program following the changes.

The average Planned Parenthood takes on 2,950 contraceptive clients, more than nine times the FQHC load.

Phillips said the regional Planned Parenthood office would continue its presence in the state through political activism and educational initiatives.

Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, said the request for the lost funds "really opens up a huge can of worms that could be very destructive".

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