Four Planned Parenthood Clinics Will Close Due to State Funding Cuts

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20 May, 2017

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". We will continue to serve patients at eight health centers across the state. They set up a task force that ultimately determined that without Medicaid funds, four of Planned Parenthood's 12 Iowan clinics would be unable to operate. A Planned Parenthood official said the clinics can not afford to stay open without government funding. Planned Parenthood said the reason is the state's decision to change its family planning program, which had been funded by Medicaid. "In a market where there are so many better options, women don't need to get their health care from Planned Parenthood". Any adult offering consent who is not a parent or legal guardian of the pregnant youth seeking the abortion would be subject to felony charges.

"Imposing the cumbersome process specifically on the physician to review this information and to execute this affidavit when there are no other medical procedures - even surgical procedures in hospitals - that require this is irrational and violates both equal protection and due process", court documents said.

She says the law "will have a chilling effect on teenagers already dealing with a hard situation".

Iowa's state legislature recently approved a new budget that discontinues the existing Medicaid family planning program and replaces it with a state program that bans funding for abortion providers. "But I think it's important to keep in mind we are a non-profit and the focus really is on serving patients and patient care".

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About 30 clinic staffers are expected to be affected by the closures.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2pPoj9H) the closures in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Farmington are part of larger consolidation effort to keep the organization solvent.

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. Earlier this month, Branstad signed a bill not only banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy-without exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal abnormalities-but making a 72-hour waiting period mandatory before an abortion.

"This means waiting in longer lines to get cancer screenings, driving a longer distance to receive STD testing and losing timely access to annual checkups and physicals", said Loebsack, who represents Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.


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