Without Planned Parenthood, Women Who Need Affordable Contraception Would Be Lost

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In addition to the New Mexico clinics, the Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood region is also closing it's only location in Wyoming, though there remain other family planning and abortion providers in the state, and two locations in Colorado.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2pPoj9H) the closures in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Farmington are part of larger consolidation effort to keep the organization solvent.

Planned Parenthood says more than 14,600 people visited the four closing clinics in the past three years. Clinics in Burlington, Keokuk, and Sioux City will shut down June 30.

The locations served by those four Planned Parenthood clinics represent both sides of the state, and some of its most densely populated communities.

While several states have attempted to remove state funding for Planned Parenthood, few have done so by forgoing Medicaid family planning reimbursements altogether.

It doesn't mandate absurd regulations to clinics, which the Supreme Court determined to be wholly unconstitutional; instead, it mandates that abortion care is different, that performing it is wrong, and if providers want to be reimbursed by Medicaid, they can not perform them.

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Eric Holcomb's new drug czar is set to present his plan for attacking the state's opioid crisis. Planned Parenthood is NOT a "health care" provider.

Only one licensed abortion clinic remains in the state - a Planned Parenthood center in St. Louis - partly as a result of Missouri's restrictions. Now, Iowa will only have five Planned Parenthood clinics that give women access to the procedure.

The other centers closing are in Keokuk, Sioux City and Burlington. We have been in Iowa for 83 years, and we are not going anywhere.

Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, said the request for the lost funds "really opens up a huge can of worms that could be very destructive". Many have long opposed the organization, some on religious grounds, because its healthcare services include abortions, although it receives no federal funding for abortions, as stipulated by federal law. "For many Iowans, Planned Parenthood is the only access they have to health care services, and forcing these clinics to close will only mean families will have less access to basic medical services".

The waiver provided limited Medicaid coverage for family planning-related services through the Iowa Family Planning Network (IFPN) to people of reproductive age with countable income at or below 300% percent of the federal poverty level and any woman who was receiving Medicaid when a pregnancy ended. He said in an email the governor's office was proud of the Legislature's move.

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