Despite the stark decline in services other than abortions, Planned Parenthood's government funding has more than doubled, from $272 million to $553 million, with the group claiming taxpayer funding is not used to pay for abortions.
"No matter whether a woman has insurance or not, it doesn't matter". She continues, "We would say the services and care provided by PP in the state of Iowa were not what women and families deserved".
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. Three of the centers did provide abortions; Keokuk did not. 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.
A federal judge blocked both provisions, which were part of the same wide-ranging abortion law then-Gov. "Women are not second class citizens". "It's a shame that we're taking away health care opportunities and access for women, and it's just not the right direction".
"I'm sure that Gov. Branstad, Lt. Governor (Kim) Reynolds and legislative Republicans are celebrating the closing of these clinics", said Sen.
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"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. "We must change course and make health care more accessible to more Iowans again".
The Planned Parenthood announcement comes only a few months after the abortion chain experienced a wave of support in New Mexico. The move cost the state about $3 million.
"14,676. That's the number of patients these four health centers have served over the last three years, the number of individuals receiving letters this week notifying them their provider of choice is closing", de Baca said.
Those that have remained open have reduced their hours, patient loads and available services.
In case you haven't seen it yet, Joss Whedon, a Hollywood director most notable for creating the '90s era hit TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and heading up the latest Avengers enterprise, recently produced a promotional video for Planned Parenthood.