Planned Parenthood set to close half its clinics in one state

"With the closure of four more risky webcam abortion locations, we are pleased to see Iowa rapidly returning to a state where women and their unborn children are safe from the shrinking abortion giant", Bowen concluded.

Four Planned Parenthood clinics will close in Iowa. The budget cuts will require Planned Parenthood to close four of the 12 Iowa clinics that it now operates.

Clinics in Sioux City, Burlington and Keokuk will close June 30, officials said, and one in Quad Cities will continue to provide abortions until the building is sold.

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

Texas passed similar legislation in 2011 and created its own family planning program.

According to Phillips, the Wyoming Planned Parenthood Clinic did not receive state funding and was mostly supported through donations and grants.

Spokespeople for the regional Planned Parenthood affiliates told The Associated Press on Friday that the agencies have applied for licenses for their clinics in Kansas City and Columbia.

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives included such a defunding measure as part of the American Health Care Act, the bill aimed at replacing Obamacare. 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.

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"And it's not a good thing for Iowans who want and need family planning services".

"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.

The other centers closing are in Keokuk, Sioux City and Burlington. While Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the US, the Casper clinic's services include abortion referrals, not abortions themselves.

"In a year when there are significant budget shortfalls in the state of Iowa, it doesn't make any sense financially".

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.

The Republican governor tapped McClelland to lead the effort shortly after taking office in January.

"The pro-life movement is making tremendous strides in changing the hearts and minds, to return to a culture that once again respects human life", Hammes said.

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