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

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

"We will be watching and holding politicians accountable", Susana de Baca, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said. This is even though three of the state's 12 clinics, including one of the four that is shutting down, don't provide abortion services.

June 30 is the closing date for Planned Parenthood clinics in Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City. The closures will impact 14,676 patients and about 30 employees. The budget cuts will require Planned Parenthood to close four of the 12 Iowa clinics that it now operates.

The new state family planning program will cost the state about $3 million; the previous setup with the federal government allowed Iowa to pay about $300,000 through a 90 percent to 10 percent match.

Planned Parenthood says it's closing its Sioux City clinic and three more of its 12 clinics in Iowa after the state legislature cut its state funding. But last week, Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad signed a budget bill that gives up millions of dollars of federal funding in favor of a state-operated family planning program that will exclude abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

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"I am concerned about the health and well-being of the people in Iowa who now can no longer turn to their trusted health care provider", Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement on Thursday.

Several states have sought to eliminate Planned Parenthood from Medicaid programs, but so far only Texas and Missouri have succeeded. Women living in the 13 percent of US counties with at least one Planned Parenthood but no contraceptive-providing FQHCs at all would have to travel unnecessarily long distances just to get basic care, burdening other communities' health centers with surges of new patients. This year, they also approved a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and added a 72-hour waiting period to get an abortion. He's expected to soon become USA ambassador to China. A state report in 2015 found that almost 30,000 fewer women received birth control, cancer screenings and other care as a result.

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