Planned Parenthood to close 4 Iowa clinics after funding cut

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

Planned Parenthood sues to block new abortion law

Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky (PPINK), along with the ACLU, filed a lawsuit Thursday over a law that would take effect IN July which requires abortion providers to obtain written consent from a legal guardian before an unemancipated minor can get an abortion. The Iowa state government plans to spend $3.3 million on community health clinics that will give health care to the poor but not abortions.

In contrast to the 12 (soon to be eight) Planned Parenthood facilities, there are 221 community health clinics in Iowa, according to local news reports.

The Iowa Legislature passed and Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a measure earlier this month that will change the state's family planning network and prohibit funding for Planned Parenthood. "With the closure of four more risky webcam abortion locations, we are pleased to see Iowa rapidly returning to a state where women and their unborn children are safe from the shrinking abortion giant", Bowen concluded.

"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.

In addition, more than 30 employees within the organization will be laid off.

Planned Parenthood is planning to sell the building now housing the soon-to-be-closed Albuquerque Nob Hill clinic and use that money to build a "flagship family planning center" in the city sometime in the near future.

Texas in 2011 made a similar move that has reduced funding. Amid budget constraints, it's now reversing course and asking for a waiver that would allow them to receive federal money again while still excluding abortion providers. A state report in 2015 found that almost 30,000 fewer women received birth control, cancer screenings and other care as a result. Participants will automatically be transferred to the new state-run program, which covers the same services as long as they are not sought at a clinic offering abortions.

A coalition of 35 Iowa groups that oppose abortion have previously argued that funding for family planning indirectly subsidizes abortions. He's expected to soon become USA ambassador to China. Instead, the state is cutting off funding for family planning services such as STI testing and contraception provision.

"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 Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky.

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