Local lawmakers react to Sioux City Planned Parenthood closure

Local lawmakers react to Sioux City Planned Parenthood closure

It will reduce the number of Planned Parenthood facilities in Iowa that provide abortions from eight to five.

But Betty Cockrum, the CEO and president of Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky, said portions of the new law "will have a chilling effect on teenagers already dealing with a hard situation".

Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky filed a lawsuit Thursday against new legislation that would change the process of a minor getting an abortion.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will close in Sioux City and three other Iowa locations at the end of June.

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"We encourage teenagers to have open and honest conversations with their family members, but unfortunately not every teenager is in an environment where that is safe", Cockrum said in a statement. "Truly their arrogance knows no bounds". The bill directs the state to give up millions of dollars in federal Medicaid money and spend about $3 million in state funding for a family planning program beginning July 1 that excludes funding for clinics affiliated with organizations providing abortions.

PPINK maintains this section violates the First Amendment as it prohibits the organization from advising its minor patients and people seeking abortion services that they can travel to other states where consent may not be required to obtain abortions.

Whitney Phillips, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which oversees clinics for the women's health provider in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Nevada, attributed the closures to "reduced patient volume" and challenges in the healthcare industry. "This is a victory for our state, and Iowans for Life is committed to continue working to see all abortion clinics closed in Iowa". "There were no cuts to these programs and the same amount of funding remains available", State Representative Joel Fry (R-Osceola), chair of the Iowa House Human Resources Committee, said. As a result, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which operates clinics in Iowa and Nebraska, will reportedly lose $2 million in funding. "People will be able to receive these services in their local communities now instead of being forced to drive long distances", Fry added.

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