Ben Johnson


Two Iowa Planned Parenthood facilities to close

Ben Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 22, 2013, ( – Planned Parenthood is closing two of its facilities in the state of Iowa next month, one of which performs surgical abortions.

The locations are in the towns of Spencer and Fort Madison. The abortion provider did not immediately announce why the buildings will be closed.

Spencer Health Center performs “abortion services,” according to the Planned Parenthood website. Fort Madison Health Center provides abortion referral. Both locations dispense the abortifacient morning-after pill and offer “LGBT services.”

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Fort Madison will be consolidated with facilities in Burlington and Keokuk on March 15.

Spencer is itself the product of a consolidation. After Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (formerly Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa) closed its branch in Storm Lake, Iowa, it merged operations with Spencer.

The Iowa closures come after Planned Parenthood announced it would close four facilities in Wisconsin that provide the morning-after pill.

The Wisconsin closures were due to reductions in government funding put into law by Governor Scott Walker, a Republican.

PPGI operates 16 additional locations in the state of Iowa.

The franchise also has locations in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. 

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