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Planned Parenthood Closes 4 Clinics In Iowa After Funding Cut

By in Huffington Post on May 18, 2017

By Laura Bassett

WASHINGTON ― Planned Parenthood announced Thursday that it will be forced to close four health centers in Iowa because of a new state law that prevents Medicaid patients from seeking health care at the family planning provider.

The four clinics in Sioux City, Burlington, Keokuk and the Quad Cities, which collectively provide health care to almost 15,000 patients a year in Iowa, will be shutting down in June because they cannot afford to operate without public family planning funds. Planned Parenthood said three of those four clinics are in counties with relatively high rates of chlamydia, and the Burlington and Keokuk clinics are in rural areas where women will now have to drive over an hour to reach the nearest family planning provider.

“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,” said Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood. “What is happening in Iowa is what we could see across the country if Congress passes this dangerous law to defund Planned Parenthood. This is hardest on people who already face barriers to accessing health care — especially people of color, young people, people with low to moderate incomes, and people who live in rural areas.”

Gov. Terry Branstad (R) signed a budget bill last week that rejects $3 million in federal Medicaid funding for family planning and instead establishes a state-run family planning program that excludes organizations such as Planned Parenthood that provide abortions. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland had been serving about 30 percent of the 12,000 […]    

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