CASPER, Wyoming, May 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The state of Wyoming will soon be rid of America’s largest abortion provider.
Planned Parenthood has announced that it will close its last facility, in Casper, on July 21. That location had been in business for 40 years.
Wyoming will then join North Dakota as the only states without Planned Parenthood.
The Casper closure is one of six imminent closings for Planned Parenthood’s Rocky Mountain region (PPRM). New Mexico is due to lose three facilities, probably in September, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. Other Planned Parenthood facilities are slated to close in Colorado and southern Nevada.
Planned Parenthood insists that regardless of the closures, it will keep in front its clients, benefactors, and lawmakers.
The abortion giant attributed the closings to financial reasons, part of a larger consolidation effort geared at maintaining solvency.
“This is a challenging decision,” said PPRM spokeswoman Adrienne Mansanares.
The Rocky Mountain region was part of the third video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) in July 2015, when then-Vice President and Medical Director of PPRM Dr. Savita Ginde was videotaped saying a per-item pricing approach was better, “just because we can see how much we can get out of it (the aborted child).”
The Planned Parenthood announcement comes only a few months after the abortion chain experienced a wave of support in New Mexico. A February event raised around $125,000, organizers said, the largest Planned Parenthood benefit ever conducted in the state.
Mansanares said supporters have been generous, but the donations haven’t been enough to sustain all of the region’s facilities.
The Casper location sees around 500 clients annually, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.
Mansanares said that most Wyoming Planned Parenthood patrons use the abortion chain’s Fort Collins, Colorado location.
The fact that Casper has other alternatives for women to receive “comprehensive reproductive health care” was part of the decision to close that facility, Mansanares said.
The Casper location does not perform abortions, referring for them instead. It does provide birth control and testing for pregnancy and STDs.
In March of this year Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signed two pro-life laws, the first pro-life legislation in 28 years for the state.
One law mandated that abortionists “orally and in person inform the pregnant woman that she has a right to view an active ultrasound of the unborn child and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child if the heartbeat is audible.”
The other bill prohibits the sale, transfer, or distribution of “any tissue or cells from an aborted child” for the purpose of experimentation.
They both take effect July 1.
Mansanares stressed that Planned Parenthood would maintain a presence in the state via the Wyoming Abortion Fund, a network of abortion providers, and by continuing to offer “sexual education resources.”
She also expects Wyoming donors to keep contributing to the Wyoming Abortion fund and other Planned Parenthood initiatives.
The abortion chain will continue to partner with NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming on advocacy issues related to women’s health as well.
“The political footprint and the education we provide will continue to remain,” said Mansanares.
The closings come amid the wait to see whether the new U.S. healthcare law cutting most of the abortion business’s multi-millions in annual taxpayer subsidies will clear the Senate.