Four Iowa Planned Parenthood Locations Closing After State Cuts Funding to Abortion Facilities

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Four Planned Parenthood locations in Iowa will close next month following a newly-passed budget bill that strips state and federal funding from abortion providers.

The organization announced on Thursday that it would close its Sioux City, Bettendorf, Burlington and Keokuk offices, leaving eight Planned Parenthood locations in the state and five abortion facilities.

As previously reported, Iowa lawmakers passed House File 653 in April, which directs the state to create its own family planning fund, estimated at $3.1 million, as opposed to using Medicaid for such purposes.

“The Department of Human Services shall discontinue the Medicaid family planning network waiver effective July 1, 2017, and shall instead establish a state family planning services program,” the bill read in part. “Distribution of family planning services program funds shall not be made to any entity that performs abortions or that maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed.”

The rule does not apply to miscarriages or cases when the woman’s life is deemed to be in danger.

Planned Parenthood decried the outcome of the law, claiming that the closure of four of its facilities will leave “women without the healthcare they depend on.”

“I am concerned about the health and well-being of the people in Iowa who now can no longer turn to their trusted healthcare provider,” Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. “What is happening in Iowa is what we could see across the country if Congress passes this dangerous law to defund Planned Parenthood.”

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However, pro-life groups in the state contend that women have many other options for family planning services—locations that do not engage in ending the lives of the unborn.

“This is good news for families in the state of Iowa,” Maggie DeWitte, director of Iowans for Life, said in a statement. “There are many quality community health centers in Iowa that provide comprehensive healthcare to women and families across the state. And they do so without taking the life of precious human beings.”

As previously reported, earlier this month, it was announced that Planned Parenthood would close six locations in the Southwest, including in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. The only Wyoming location is also slated to close for financial reasons.

“We looked at what services we provided,” Adrienne Mansanares of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains told the Star Tribune. “We also looked at the financial health of the health center.”

She explained that most women obtaining services were going to the Fort Collins, Colorado location. The Casper location saw an estimated 500 women a year. It offered contraception, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and abortion referrals.

Spokeswoman Whitney Phillips said that Planned Parenthood will now refer women to area community health centers, which accept walk-ins and Medicaid.

According to reports, Planned Parenthood closed 27 locations in 2016.

The organization’s latest annual report outlines that Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions nationwide during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The figure accounts for at least one-third of all abortions nationwide, when compared to statistics released in November by the Centers for Disease Control.

However, figures also show that the number of women visiting Planned Parenthood is the lowest in almost a decade. The report totals its services provided as being 9,455,582, with business being down by nearly a million persons from the year before, when figures totaled 10,590,333.

Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms as it is not licensed to operate mammogram machines, and its annual report outlined that fewer than 700,000 women received services surrounding cervical cancer screenings (pap smears for women who have been sexually active), equating to just seven percent of its services.

Sexually-related services, such as STD testing, contraceptives, sterilization and vasectomies, pregnancy testing and the aforementioned pap smears, accounted for over 80 percent of its offerings when combined, as opposed to women’s healthcare, such as medical care for hormonal imbalances, menstrual or menopausal issues, or breast or ovarian ailments. The organization provides sparse pre-natal services and offers no post-natal care.


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  • Awesome!!!

    • Parodyx

      Why? It won’t stop abortion, or even slow it. It will just make getting one more difficult and more dangerous.

      • Amos Moses

        mission accomplished then ………..

        • Parodyx

          You clearly didn’t read what I wrote. It isn’t going to stop abortions at all, or slow them down, just create more back-alley abortions.

          • Amos Moses

            yeah …… and that will scare many away …. because their own personal safety will then be at risk ……. and not the safe and comfortable murder of a child ……. mission accomplished ……. if you want to commit wrongful acts … consequences should accompany them ……..

          • Parodyx

            Realistic as always, Amos. Try reading stats sometime.

          • Amos Moses

            i know the stats …… make it “clean, safe, and rare” is a LIE ……… try the truth sometime …. even though i know you reject truth ………..

          • Parodyx

            It isn’t truth I have an issue with Amos, just your version of it.

          • Amos Moses

            no … there is no “my version” …… killing an innocent child is murder ….. see …. when you BEGIN with the truth ….. it is not hard to remain there …… you do not ….

          • Parodyx

            So you never make mistakes. You never misunderstand scripture. You never get anything wrong. If I may use one of your expressions, BULLROAR.

          • sweetsuzee

            Since you are ignorant and gullible enough to believe that only 3% of PP’s service is abortion, you obviously wouldn’t know the truth if it bit you in your ass. PP does NOT, I repeat, does NOT provide any prenatal services nor do 90%+ of their chop shops even have the ability to do a mammogram. I personally called over 100 shops a few years back from NY to CA and then some to see how many would provide a mammogram. NONE of them although about 10% referred me to a local mammogram service. So contrary to what they have claimed is a LIE !!

          • Parodyx

            The information I posted is readily available from many sources online. If you elect to believe otherwise it is not my fault.

          • sweetsuzee

            Who cares about “many sources” when they are all copying each other and it is all fabricated. Try going to their financial reports which are public records since they are a non-profit. Follow the numbers, not the biased bull !!

          • Amos Moses

            Its clear that laws against lion hunting won’t stop lion hunting, it will only make lion hunting dangerous for the lion hunters, because banning lion hunting will drive hunters into remote back alley jungles to seek unsafe hunting. We do not want to return to back alley hunting.

          • Parodyx

            Either way abortions are taking place. You can either do them safely or cause unnecessary damage. Your choice.

          • Amos Moses

            i choose UNSAFE …… for the reasons stated …… if you are going to murder ….. there should be risk ……. and since the person obtaining one is only thinking of themselves …… it should motivate them to think more of themselves in that regard ………..

          • Parodyx

            Well isn’t that a kind Christian attitude. Let them die, right?

          • Amos Moses

            as you said ….. it is their CHOICE ………. is it not ……….

          • Parodyx

            Not when you take it away from them.

          • InTheChurch

            Great post Amos

          • Amos Moses

            i am not smart enough to have written that …… (cut/paste)

          • Parodyx

            No, it really isn’t.

          • InTheChurch

            please explain

          • Parodyx

            Amos used a poor analogy.

          • InTheChurch

            Can you go into details? Why is it poor?

          • Parodyx

            Because no one has ever hunted lions in back alleys, as he suggests in his final line. And because imposing laws against lion hunting WILL do a lot to stop the hunting from going on. But someone who is going to get an abortion will still find ways to get one even if it is made illegal and access to abortion facilities are removed.

          • InTheChurch

            You took what he said literally. No one is going to go hunt lions in alleys. That is silly. but the point, hunters will go to the extreme to hunt for a lion. Same with abortion. Abortion will be done regardless of law. Abortions are legal and they need to be done by MDs in a hospital. PP is not a hospital but a convenient store in a mini mall. And we pay for them with taxes.

          • Parodyx

            Hunters will not go to the extreme to hunt a lion because the worst thing that will happen is they won’t capture a lion. But pregnant women who desire an abortion WILL go to extreme levels to procure one, whether it is in a mall like you said, whether it is in a clinic, or in a back alley if there is nowhere else. This is why treating PP like the enemy is a mistake. And for those who are pro-life the best solution of all is better access to birth control so that pregnancies can be avoided.

          • InTheChurch

            for birth control, we don’t need PP. Your primary can call CVS and you are good. For an abortion, again, starts with your primary MD. They make the arrangements with the local hospital and baby is decapitated, dismembered and dumped in the trash by lunch time.
            The original reason PP was created was to hide the abortion; child from parents, woman from abusive husband, one night stand woman with cheating husband and so on. But, it got out of hand. But today, we can do the same without PP. Also, does not help PP when they admit to running a chop shop. So what is the current rate of a baby’s heart in your area?

          • Parodyx

            “baby is decapitated, dismembered and dumped in the trash by lunch time.”

            Ignoring your emotionally loaded language for a moment, a small correction – we are talking about a fetus, not baby, otherwise what you’re describing would be murder and therefore illegal.

            As for PP, only 3% of the services it proves are abortions, so the rest of your post isn’t just suspect, it stinks to high heaven.

          • InTheChurch

            So you deny that the fetus is not pulled out piece by piece?
            When you go to your local PP to donate money, ask them how they remove the baby.

          • Parodyx

            I didn’t deny that.

          • InTheChurch

            regardless of calling it a fetus, baby, new born or whatever title, the child is torn to piece while in the womb, nest, bag or whatever. The name is more important to you than the child being shredded like cheese on a cheese grater. Did you read the other article about the MD that had a baby’s eye fall on her lap. How does that happen?

          • Parodyx

            Abortion isn’t going to be pretty, everyone knows that. Even the freaks who protest in the streets with grotesque placards of dismembered fetuses know that, but they think by showing people it’s going to cause people to turn pro-life. It’s a cheap appeal to emotion.

          • sweetsuzee

            Actually, Margaret Sanger started PP to eradicate the Negro population.

          • Vicki Kuner Mattingly

            parodyx you want an abortion??? you pay for it

          • Parodyx

            I agree…those who get them should pay for them. But I never mentioned the issue of paying at all.

          • sweetsuzee

            Get real. There are oodles of abortion doctors available. Just not on the backs of taxpayers.

          • Parodyx

            You are arguing about something I do not disagree with you on.

          • sweetsuzee

            You alleged that this ruling will bring back back-alley abortions. I say it will not. Obviously you disagree with me on this issue.

          • Parodyx

            Irrelevant to my point. Obviously removing proper and safe facilities will increase the more illicit methods, so it makes no sense for people to want to shut down abortion facilities. It won’t stop abortions. Proper education and birth control will reduce abortions.

        • Amen

  • Becky

    Praise God Almighty through Christ our Lord!

  • Winning!

  • Amos Moses

    Woman Seeking Prenatal Care At Planned Parenthood Given Directions To Real Health Clinic
    May 17, 201

  • DVDemond

    This is extremely unfortunate. Iowa is committing a crime against humanity with its misguided positon in opposing abortion. Abortion has occurred since, like, forever and will not be stopped. The idea is first to prevent pregnancy and, if that fails, terminate it with an abortion. Those who oppose abortion need to face reality.

  • Gary Smith

    4 down many to go