Planned Parenthood to close QC clinic and 3 others

Kristy Anderson testifying as a “Texas woman” in support of Planned Parenthood during a Texas Women’s Health Advisory Committee meeting in Austin on Monday

Four of the 12 Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa are set to shut down, a week after the state's governor signed a law blocking access to the health care provider through Iowa's state Medicaid program.

The coming closures will drop the number of New Mexico Planned Parenthood clinics from six to three by this September.

During the legislative session, Republican lawmakers agreed to give up millions in federal Medicaid money to create a state-run family planning program that excludes organizations that provide abortions. - The only Planned Parenthood office in Wyoming will close along with another five offices in the organization's Rocky Mountain region, though officials said it would still exercise a presence in the state.

As for people seeking reproductive health care in Farmington after the clinic there closes, Phillips said the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic will be in Durango, Colorado.

The locations served by those four Planned Parenthood clinics represent both sides of the state, and some of its most densely populated communities.

Republican legislators have argued that the move will expand family-planning services by freeing up funds and encouraging existing Medicaid providers to participate in the program.

Planned Parenthood has often been targeted by conservatives because it offers abortion and birth control for women among its countless, life-saving services.




The state is asking the Trump administration for nearly half a billion dollars that it would have received half a decade ago if it had acknowledged Planned Parenthood.

In response to threats by Donald Trump's administration and Republicans in Congress to cut off federal funding as part of efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Planned Parenthood held their largest benefit in February.

"And trying to replace them in the network is very hard, especially in rural states", Jodi Tomlonovic, the executive director of the Family Planning Council of Iowa, told the Intercept in February.

"We believe that public funds should not subsidize the abortion business when there are many other healthcare providers available", the Catholic Conference of Iowa said in a statement when the measure passed. While Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the US, the Casper clinic's services include abortion referrals, not abortions themselves. Over 14,000 patients who trust PP with their care will no longer have access to their provider of choice.

Department spokeswoman Amy McCoy said participants will need to bring proof of coverage to receive those services.

"Planned Parenthood claims abortion is a 'women's right, ' but this rhetoric forgets we're talking about young, minor girls", said Mike Fichter, president and CEO of Indiana Right to Life.

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