- The Planned Parenthood clinic in Bettendorf is the only abortion provider in the Quad Cities, which is Iowa’s third-largest metropolitan area. It will be closing it’s doors.
- The closure was blamed on the Legislature’s decision to effectively cut off $2 million in Medicaid money
- Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds supported the legislation, and signed it into law
- Suzanna de Baca, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s president said, “It is as devastating today as it was last spring to announce that we are no longer able to serve our patients in Bettendorf.” (Yet there are plenty of other clinics that could provide family planning services without offering abortions.)
- Iowans for Life Executive Director Maggie DeWitte said, “This is a victory for our state, and Iowans for Life is committed to continue working to see all abortion clinics closed in Iowa,”
Why It Matters
Planned Parenthood receives 2.7 Million in tax dollars from grants and the state. According to Life News:
The money is going to places that don’t do abortions. Iowa will now spend an equal amount on family planning services by tapping a separate federal grant. This money will go to organizations that don’t perform abortions.
While Planned Parenthood no longer would receive tax dollars, community health care facilities would. These clinics are far more numerous than Planned Parenthoods, and they offer comprehensive health services that the abortion chain does not.
This is a huge win for pro-lifers in Iowa and all around America. In 2017 33 PlannedParenthood clinics closed down.
Number of 2017 Closures by State
- Arizona 3
- California 4
- Colorado 2
- Florida 1
- Iowa 3
- Indiana 1
- Maryland 1
- Michigan 1
- New Jersey 3
- New Mexico 2
- Ohio 2
- Pennsylvania 3
- Texas 2
- Utah 1
- Washington 2
- Wyoming 1
According to STOPP.org:
Since 1995, we have seen a net of 341 PP centers close. This means that 50,809 babies will be saved yearly because these PP centers are no longer around. Put another way, if these centers had not closed, Planned Parenthood would have done 15 percent more abortions in 2017.