Planned Parenthood to close 4 Iowa clinics after funding cut

Louis Holland
May 20, 2017

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. While Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the USA, the Casper clinic's services include abortion referrals, not abortions themselves.

On Friday, Republican Gov. Terry Branstad signed a $7.2B budget bill that blocks $3 million in federal Medicaid funding from family planning and creates a state-run family planning program.

"Despite every effort to fight back against extreme lawmakers, PP is forced to close health centers in four Iowa communities", Planned Parenthood said on Twitter. Instead, the state is cutting off funding for family planning services such as STI testing and contraception provision.

"No matter whether a woman has insurance or not, it doesn't matter".

More than 30 employees will be laid off.

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Abortions comprise only three percent of its total services.

Sachs has said he was bound by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case and that the state has been denying abortion rights "on a daily basis, in irreparable fashion".

The Bettendorf clinic stopped providing surgical abortions in 2014, according to the KWQC archives. Anti-abortion opponents had often protested outside the clinic.

Before Iowa, Texas became the first state to walk away from many millions in Medicaid funding for the goal of defunding Planned Parenthood. But Planned Parenthood and other supporters argue that those providers don't offer the same specialized care that can accommodate its high volume of patients.

"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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"I understand most parents are horrified that their daughter could terminate her pregnancy without them even knowing because they can't imagine their child not telling them", Moores testified in the committee hearing.

Its Columbia center stopped offering the procedure - a nonsurgical type, induced with a pill - in 2015 after its only doctor performing medication-induced abortions lost needed privileges with University of Missouri Health Care.

Indiana's Commission to Combat Drug Abuse is just one several Holcomb initiatives to combat drug abuse, which has hit some parts of the state particularly hard.

"This is good news for families in the state of Iowa", said Iowans For Life Director Maggie DeWitte about the closings.

4,800 of which would go to the Sioux City location.

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Taylor Roberson of West Burlington said care received at the Burlington Planned Parenthood clinic made it possible for her to pursue personal and professional goals after a decade of dealing with undiagnosed abdominal pain.

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