Planned Parenthood Closing in Sioux City
- Author: Archie Newman May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 0:43
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.
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. A Planned Parenthood official said the clinics can not afford to stay open without government funding.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, a Washington, D.C. -based reproductive health research organization, Planned Parenthood provided 80 to 96 percent of family planning services for patients accessing care at a publicly funded provider in 2015 in Sioux City, Burlington and Keokuk.
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.
The Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City clinics will close on June 30.
Whitney Phillips, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which oversees clinics for the women's health provider in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Nevada, attributed the closures to "reduced patient volume" and challenges in the healthcare industry. "More than 14,000 patients who trust Planned Parenthood with their health care in these communities and in neighboring areas no longer have access to their provider of choice".
"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", de Baca said, according to AP News.
The closings will reduce its facilities in the state that provide abortions from eight to five.
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.
The decision comes after Gov. Terry Branstad approved the portion of the Health and Human Services budget that allocates $3.2 million in state funding for family-planning services but excludes facilities that provide abortions from receiving the funds. We have been in Iowa for 83 years, and we are not going anywhere.
The Planned Parenthood announcement comes only a few months after the abortion chain experienced a wave of support in New Mexico. In the case of Keokuk, women in that community will have to drive almost an hour to find the closest provider of safety-net family planning services, they said. "As more people have become involved in the discussion, they've come to the realization that life begins at conception".