Planned Parenthood, ACLU challenge abortion law

Planned Parenthood, ACLU challenge abortion law

A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland says the closings will reduce its facilities in the state, which provide abortions, from eight to five. "These health center closures are devastating for the patients and communities who rely on us and for our staff, donors and supporters".

Three Planned Parenthood clinics in New Mexico-one in Albuquerque, one in Rio Rancho and one in Farmington-will close by this fall. They were eligible for reimbursement for family planning supplies, such as contraception; sexually transmitted infection testing, Pap smears and pelvic exams; drugs, supplies, or devices related to women's health services prescribed by a health care provider; patient education and counseling.

Local affiliate Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said the closings will hurt access to reproductive health care in Iowa, especially in rural areas.

"We are proud of the efforts of the legislature approving more than $3.2 million for women's health-care clinics that do not perform abortions", said Ben Hammes, the governor's spokesman.

"Imposing the cumbersome process specifically on the physician to review this information and to execute this affidavit when there are no other medical procedures - even surgical procedures in hospitals - that require this is irrational and violates both equal protection and due process", court documents said. "Its not about patient facts", she said.

The clinic served 488 patients a year ago, providing birth control, abortions, physical exams and other services. According to the new Guttmacher analysis, each FQHC site that now offers contraceptive services marks an average of 320 patients who use those services every year.

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The health care organization "turned over every rock, dotted every "i" and crossed every "t" in exploring our options in defending our patients and organization in the face of losing funding", de Boca said. All other types of appointments will cease at the end of June.

"Make no mistake, we will hold lawmakers accountable", de Boca told reporters.

The closures take effect on June 30.

The decision is thanks to a new Iowa policy that prohibits public money from funding abortion providers, but it's not just women seeking abortions who will lose out.

Prichard said, too, that Iowa needs to address what he called a crisis in mental health care. This year, they also approved a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and added a 72-hour waiting period to get an abortion. Participants will automatically be transferred to the new state-run program, which covers the same services as long as they are not sought at a clinic offering abortions.

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