Planned Parenthood says it is closing Bettendorf clinic

Texas asks Feds to reinstate funding it lost when it snubbed Planned Parenthood

Four Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa will close this summer after Republican Gov. Terry Branstad signed a law essentially defunding abortion providers.

Local affiliate Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said the closings will hurt access to reproductive health care in Iowa, especially in rural areas. Those clinics are in Quad Cities, Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City. Planned Parenthood and its allies responded to the videos with a multi-million dollar publicity campaign to control the damage. Anti-abortion opponents had often protested outside the clinic.

Iowa lawmakers voted in April to strip Planned Parenthood of $400,000 in annual payments, which the group received as reimbursement for providing STI tests, contraception, and cancer screenings at no cost to patients on Medicaid.

As of 2017, there were an estimated 788 abortion mills in the United States. Instead, the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature included $3 million in the budget to create a state-run family planning program.

Wyoming will then join North Dakota as the only states without Planned Parenthood.

In November 2015, a man fatally shot three and wounded nine in attacks at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

"This is a case of extreme Iowa politicians deciding they know what's better for a woman's health than the women actually seeking care, with devastating consequences", said Suzanna de Baca, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, in a statement.

The funding changes forced dozens of Planned Parenthood clinics there to close in 2012, according to researchers at the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, which studies the effects of family planning funding cuts and restrictions. Patients who sought care at the Nob Hill location will be transferred to the two other clinics, one of which is only 1.2 miles away at 701 San Mateo Blvd.

"This is good news for families in the state of Iowa", Maggie DeWitte, director of Iowans for Life, said.

"Saying, "Oh, well, we can make you give up these providers, and those clients can just be absorbed by other providers" - that's not always true".

Getyourcare.org, an interactive website that allows visitors to locate federally qualified healthcare centers in the entire country, shows that one such center - PMS-Totah Behavioral Health Authority at 1615 Ojo Court - exists in Farmington.

Planned Parenthood says almost half of its patients are below the federal poverty level. "And over the last ten years reported, Planned Parenthood has shut down over 200 facilities". Texas this week asked for the Trump administration to restore that federal funding, as first reported by the Guardian.

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