Planned Parenthood set to close half its clinics in one state

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains announced this week that it will close six clinics in Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Three of the clinics the Planned Parenthood affiliate will close are in New Mexico. The closures will cut the number of Planned Parenthood clinics in the state in half, according to KOAT-TV.

The organization will also close its Casper, Wyoming, clinic, the only Planned Parenthood clinic in the state. According to the Casper Star-Tribune, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood said that Wyoming patients “would be referred to three local providers.”

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains will also close facilities in Longmont and Parker, Colorado.

In a statement, Whitney Phillips, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said, “In a shifting health care landscape nationally and in the states we serve, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ board and senior staff continually assess its operations in order to provide a long-term, sustainable strategy for delivering the best possible services to the people who rely on us for health care, education, and advocacy.

“After careful and extensive evaluation, PPRM is making some difficult but necessary organizational changes to ensure that we can continue to meet our patients’ needs in both the short and long term,” she said. “This is necessary for us to position PPRM for long-term sustainability in the communities we serve.”

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, another affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion provider, also announced plans to close four of its Iowa facilities, a third of their clinics in the state. The organization pointed to a new state law that blocks federal family planning funds to abortion providers.

In a statement, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser argued that “Planned Parenthood’s enterprise is crumbling, even while they are still raking in over half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers.”

“Their abortion-centered business model isn’t just morally wrong, it’s a failure,” she said. “In a market where there are so many better options, women don’t need to get their health care from Planned Parenthood.”

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