Two Iowa Planned Parenthood facilities closing this month
RED OAK, IA, June 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two former Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are set to close this month, just six months after the abortion giant quietly laid off all but a single employee and stopped offering telemed abortions at both locations.
Iowa Right to Life announced the impending closures in an email to pro-life activists, which featured a photo of a sign on the door of the Red Oak facility informing clients that the center is being “consolidated” with another facility in Council Bluffs effective June 18.
“In the past 2 years alone, we have seen TWELVE Iowa Planned Parenthoods close for good, many of which sold webcam abortions,” wrote Iowa Right to Life President Jenifer Bowen. “We want to publicly thank the faithful Pro-Lifers who went out to the sidewalks in both Red Oak and Creston, in all kinds of weather, to offer women life-saving alternatives. It's in no small part due to their ongoing peaceful, prayerful presence these abortion facilities are shutting down.”
In addition to the two clinic closures, the pro-life group reported that Planned Parenthood’s Bettendorf and Sioux City abortion centers have stopped offering surgical abortions.
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While Planned Parenthood may have drastically reduced its presence in the state, there are still 14 additional Planned Parenthood facilities in Iowa, 12 of which perform abortions. Additionally, there is an independent abortion facility in Iowa City.
Despite the rash of closures and layoffs, the number of abortions being performed by the company in Iowa actually increased between 2012 and 2013, from 5,832 to 6,367.
Bowen questioned where the money from all those abortions – plus the millions the organization receives from taxpayers to fund its operations – is going, now that the organization has apparently cut its expenses nearly in half.
She noted that between 2012 and 2013 alone, the company’s revenue jumped from $13.9 million to $17.2 million, while its investments income jumped from roughly $264,000 to nearly $1,000,000.
Bowen also wondered where the organization’s expensive equipment goes as it continues to abandon its facilities and lay off workers. “The next question is, what happened to all the webcam equipment and the high-tech ultrasound machines from the closed webcam facilities?” she asked.
Bowen said she believes the IRS should investigate the organization.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland did not respond to LifeSiteNews by press time.