And about the closings in New Mexico, which fall under her same organization, she said that "F$3 unding is one thing that we look at, but we also look at whether our patients will receive excellent care at another provider..."
"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. These include three more facilities in New Mexico and one in Wyoming. Patients are being referred to several other providers in Casper.
The decision removes Planned Parenthood's presence entirely from Wyoming, which becomes the second state after North Dakota to have no Planned Parenthood centers.
The Burlington health care center served 2,118 patients in its last fiscal year, with 4,503 total visits, according to figures provided by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's regional office. She also argued that Planned Parenthood was not almost as critical to women's healthcare as they portrayed themselves.
A Planned Parenthood official said the clinics can not afford to stay open without government funding. Branstad has said it will be replaced by a state-funded program that will direct funds to organizations that do not provide abortions. "They know that. They don't care", Planned Parenthood spokesperson Rachel Lopez said in an interview before Branstad signed the appropriations bill.
The closings come amid the wait to see whether the new USA healthcare law cutting most of the abortion business's multi-millions in annual taxpayer subsidies will clear the Senate. But antiabortion activists say taxpayer money should not support Planned Parenthood's non-abortion work. This follows a bill Donald Trump signed in April giving states the ability to refuse to reimburse family planning centers that provide abortions from Medicaid and the Title X family grant program. For example, it's still unclear whether only abortion providers will be excluded, or if health care clinics and groups that are only affiliated with abortion providers could also be kicked out.
C-E-O Suzanna de Baca of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland says the Sioux City clinic will close June 30th. After the change, more than 80 family planning centers closed, according to the AP, and studies found that women - particularly low-income women - found it harder to access birth control.
In a three-page ruling on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs rejected out of hand Missouri's claim that the restrictions protect abortion patients' health.
There are still several questions about how Iowa's new state-run program will work, said Jodi Tomlonovic, executive director of the Family Planning Council of Iowa.style="text-align: center;"