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Only Planned Parenthood in Wyoming to close

Only Planned Parenthood in Wyoming to close

Republican lawmakers agreed last session to give up millions of dollars in federal Medicaid money to create a state-run family planning program that excludes organizations that provide abortions.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland had a teleconference Thursday to address the loss of state funding to Planned Parenthood in Iowa.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains plans to close three clinics in northern New Mexico.

For Iowa, the closures mean that women on Medicaid in four cities - Burlington, Keokuk, Sioux City, and Bettendorf - will have one less option for family planning services, such as contraception, covered by their insurance.

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

Located in Casper, Wyoming's Planned Parenthood does not conduct abortions.

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.

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You can say what you want about Planned Parenthood and their false claims to provide life-saving health care to women.

"If this law is allowed to go into effect, it will have a chilling effect on teenagers already dealing with a hard situation", said Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of the two-state Planned Parenthood organization. Iowa's largest abortion provider still has clinics in Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines (two locations), Iowa City, and Urbandale.

That's the fundamental point of legislation like this: to close clinics, to end safe abortion access, and to leave marginalized women-mainly women of color, immigrant women, young women, and low-income women-with no health care. "We are constantly looking at ways to remain effective, and over the years, we realized the need to transition".

The Planned Parenthood announcement comes only a few months after the abortion chain experienced a wave of support in New Mexico.

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.

The Republican governor tapped McClelland to lead the effort shortly after taking office in January.

Come July 21, Wyoming will join North Dakota in becoming the second state in the country to have no Planned Parenthood facilities. "Abortion is a direct assault on human life and dignity, and abortion clinics do not provide a wide continuum of medical care".

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