Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Local lawmakers react to Sioux City Planned Parenthood closure

Local lawmakers react to Sioux City Planned Parenthood closure

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is closing four of its clinics in Iowa because of a new state policy approved by the Republican-led legislature and Governor Branstad. Another clinic in Bettendorf will close "in a matter of months".

One of the most-repeated arguments the GOP brandishes in its efforts to crush Planned Parenthood is that if affiliated clinics close or stop offering certain services, women can simply seek the same care elsewhere.

"For over four decades, courts have confirmed that this constitutional right extends to unemancipated minors who have been deemed, by a judge, to be sufficiently mature to make a decision to obtain an abortion without parental consent, Jane Henegar, executive director of the ACLU of IN, said IN a statement". Still, she said Planned Parenthood still supports ACA "because the more people with insurance, the better". Many have long opposed the organization, some on religious grounds, because its healthcare services include abortions, although it receives no federal funding for abortions, as stipulated by federal law.

The suit says that violates the First Amendment because it will prohibit Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky from advising those minors "that they can travel to other states to obtain their abortions".

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Tax dollars have not been spent on abortions for years, even on medically-necessary abortions for indigent patients.

"We dotted every "i", we crossed every "t" and exhausted every possibility".

"It will be devastating", Allen said.

Since 2010 Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has closed 20 clinics.

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ACLU of IN legal director Ken Falk, representing Planned Parenthood, says that provision should be halted. They're located in Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Iowa City and in the Des Moines metro.

The closures come as a result of defunding by Iowa lawmakers.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of IN are seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent some provisions IN the law from going into effect on July 1.

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