Planned Parenthood, ACLU challenge new IN abortion law

Posted May 20, 2017

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( the closures in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Farmington are part of larger consolidation effort to keep the organization solvent.

The payments to Planned Parenthood came from a $3m Medicaid fund that the federal government provided to Iowa so the state can subsidize family planning services.

Planned Parenthood is closing half of its six New Mexico clinics, but the closures will not affect the availability of abortion procedures, the company announced Thursday.

Only one Planned Parenthood clinic is operating in Wyoming-and it's about to close.

"This is a case of extreme Iowa politicians deciding they know what's better for a woman's health than the women actually seeking care, with devastating consequences", Suzanna de Baca, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said in a statement, according to the AP. In the process, both states gave up millions of dollars of federal funding and set up their own state-run family planning programs.

Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky and the American Civil Liberties Union of IN are seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent certain provisisions of the bill from going into effect on July 1.

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Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has served women and men of all ages since the mid-1930s in Iowa and Nebraska, according to their website. But Planned Parenthood and other supporters argue that those providers don't offer the same specialized care that can accommodate its high volume of patients.

"This is good news for families in the state of Iowa", Maggie DeWitte, director of Iowans for Life, said.

"We believe that public funds should not subsidize the abortion business when there are many other healthcare providers available", the Catholic Conference of Iowa said in a statement when the measure passed.

Those four health centers are in Burlington, Keokuk, the Quad Cities and Sioux City. "However, the harsh reality is that, despite all our efforts, there will be women who fall through the cracks and lose access to health care because of this unsafe legislation". 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.

Starting in 2011, Texas took steps to bar abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood from participating in a program aimed at giving low-income women family planning services. "People will be able to receive these services in their local communities now instead of being forced to drive long distances", Fry added.

"If it weren't for the care I received there, I would not be where I am today", said Roberson, who moved to New York City in July to pursue a career in apparel merchandising and design.