Local lawmakers react to Sioux City Planned Parenthood closure

by Marta Holmes May 20, 2017, 0:51
Local lawmakers react to Sioux City Planned Parenthood closure

Planned Parenthood says the provision violates the First Amendment because it means the organization can't advise patients that they have the option to travel to other states for an abortion.

Only one licensed abortion clinic remains in the state - a Planned Parenthood center in St. Louis - partly as a result of Missouri's restrictions. Another clinic in Bettendorf will close "in a matter of months".

Critics charge that, if Trump's White House grants Texas the money, it would be tantamount to approving Texas efforts to restrict Planned Parenthood.

Iowa Republicans have long-sought to defund Planned Parenthood as well as promote legislation restricting abortions. For over four decades, courts have confirmed that this constitutional right extends to unemancipated minors who have been deemed, by a judge, to be sufficiently mature to make a decision to obtain an abortion without parental consent.

Located in Casper, Wyoming's Planned Parenthood does not conduct abortions. "We will do everything we can to continue to care for as many patients as we can".

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will close in Sioux City and three other Iowa locations at the end of June. Patients are being referred to several other providers in Casper.

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- Planned Parenthood (@PPHeartland) May 18, 2017@TerryBranstad These closings are devastating. The Longmont and Parker, Colorado offices will also close, as will New Mexico offices in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Farmington. "This is necessary for us to position PPRM for long-term sustainability in the communities we serve".

By law, federal funds can not be used to pay directly for abortions except in narrow circumstances. They're hoping to offer abortion services there by this summer and are preparing to submit related applications to the state for the Joplin and Springfield sites. So we think Planned Parenthood is a safe space for people to come. After 10 years of struggling with intense menstrual pain, Roberson said it wasn't until she described her symptoms to a doctor at Planned Parenthood she received her endometriosis diagnosis.

Among Iowa's four closing facilities, three performed abortions.

"Their abortion-centered business model isn't just morally wrong, it's a failure", she said.

Planned Parenthood has placed the blame for the closures squarely on the shoulders of the Branstad-Reynolds administration and their approval last week of a health and human services budget eliminating funding for health care providers offering abortion services. One victim's widow, who was wounded in the attack, filed a lawsuit charging that the clinic should have had better security given the history of attacks on clinics. He was later ruled mentally unfit for trial.


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