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Four Planned Parenthood clinics to close in Iowa after defunding

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Ken Falk and Betty Cockrum

The AHCA, Republican's draconian answer to the Affordable Care Act, would not only defund Planned Parenthood on a federal level (a national version of Iowa's bill) but would gut Medicaid and preexisting condition coverage, particularly for pregnant and low-income people.

Planned Parenthood - which operates 12 clinics in Iowa - will close clinics in Sioux City, Burlington, Keokuk and Bettendorf. "But the more important number is 14,676, the number of patients these health centers have served in the past three years". "A lot of our federally qualified health centers are filled to capacity and overflowing".

Two more Planned Parenthood facilities announced plans Friday to close their doors, this time in Colorado.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed suit against Indiana officials Thursday over the new law, saying it creates "an unconstitutional undue burden on unemancipated minors".

But, now because Iowa has violated Medicaid rules by blocking Planned Parenthood, the state will lose the entire $3m. Minors suddenly cease to be considered children and, accordingly, they assume legal control over their lives.

Whedon shows the unhappy endings first, and rewinds each story to where each woman tried to visit a Planned Parenthood, but it was closed. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland president and CEO Suzanna de Baca is blaming Republican politicians for the closure, on account of the Iowa Legislature slashing Planned Parenthood's funding across the state.

Dr. Turner says it's not just about Planned Parenthood it's about women's access to healthcare.

"We know women can still get abortions and there are places that they can go but they're going to have to make a little more of an effort", Bowman said.

The Longmont health center will close in August. It offers birth control, breast examinations, STD tests and treatments, Pap tests and sex education. And that care became more expensive when you take knowledgeable providers out of the network - the cost to the state to provide family planning care jumped from $206 per client to $240. "But I think it's important to keep in mind we are a non-profit and the focus really is on serving patients and patient care".

The state of Wyoming will soon be rid of America's largest abortion provider. The new program excludes any organization that provides abortions to women, including Planned Parenthood. Patients are being referred to several other providers in Casper.

"And trying to replace them in the network is very hard, especially in rural states", Jodi Tomlonovic, the executive director of the Family Planning Council of Iowa, told the Intercept in February. "We will continue to provide education to young people and adults, and we will continue to expand our service offerings", de Baca said in a release from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.

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