Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

Planned Parenthood says it is closing Bettendorf clinic

Planned Parenthood says it is closing Bettendorf clinic

The budget cuts will require Planned Parenthood to close four of the 12 Iowa clinics that it now operates.

"This is a challenging decision", said PPRM spokeswoman Adrienne Mansanares.

Planned Parenthood's Rocky Mountain region includes Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and southern Nevada.

Similarly, Planned Parenthood's annual cancer screenings have reportedly decreased 68 percent, an outcome that leaves the group with less than two percent of US cancer screenings performed for women. After closing locations in Sioux City, Burlington, Keokuk, the Quad Cities and Bettendorf, eight will remain open in the state.

A coalition of 35 Iowa groups that oppose abortion have previously argued that funding for family planning indirectly subsidizes abortions.

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"Despite every effort to fight back against "defunding" by these extreme Iowa lawmakers who are driven by misguided beliefs and not facts about patient needs, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is now forced to close four health centers in Iowa", Planned Parenthood of the Heartland president & CEO Suzanna de Baca told reporters this afternoon. More than 14,600 patients at the Quad Cities, Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City centers will be affected, and patients served by the Keokuk Planned Parenthood center will have to travel almost an hour to the closest family planning clinic. This follows a bill Donald Trump signed in April giving states the ability to refuse to reimburse family planning centers that provide abortions from Medicaid and the Title X family grant program.

"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".

Republicans have long pushed to "defund Planned Parenthood" for providing abortions, but federal law prevents taxpayer dollars from going to the procedure anyway.

Sale of some of the clinic buildings, one each in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Farmington, could also be used to fund a renovation to the San Mateo site in Albuquerque, which has been exclusively an abortion surgical center.

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". And they do so without taking the life of precious human beings.

While they seem benign, these requirements do nothing to ensure that abortion, which is already 14 times safer than childbirth, is any safer for patients and instead create often insurmountable obstacles to providers.

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