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Planned Parenthood closes 6 clinics for budget reasons

Planned Parenthood will close six clinics in Minnesota due to cuts in government funding. Staff and hours at other clinics will be expanded, though.

Officials of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota said cuts to the Title X family planning program mean these clinics will close Aug. 1:

  • Thief River Falls
  • Brainerd
  • Red Wing
  • Owatonna
  • Albert Lea
  • Fairmont

“We proudly served these communities for 40 years, and the decision to close our doors is heartbreaking,” said President and CEO Sarah Stoesz. “We know that both state and federal governments are struggling to balance their budgets, but we also know that public funding for family planning services is a cost-saving and vital service for tens of thousands of women in our state, especially in rural areas. This was a short-sighted blow to a much-needed program.”

Planned Parenthood will continue to operate clinics in 20 locations across Minnesota and South Dakota and will increase staff and hours at clinics in Rochester, Mankato, Moorhead, Duluth and St. Cloud.

The cuts are due to a  5.5 percent cut to Title X funding during the 2011 congressional budget debate, Planned Parenthood said. The cut is retroactive to September of last year so it represents an 11 percent cut to Planned Parenthood’s current budget, they said.

The Title X program provides low-income women with such services as birth control, annual gynecological exams, STI testing and treatment and cervical and breast cancer screenings. About 53,000 women are served at Planned Parenthood’s Title X supported clinics across Minnesota. President Richard Nixon signed the law enabling Title X in 1970.

“These cuts were driven by ideological attacks on women’s health, not by a desire to fix the economy,” said Stoesz. “But we will never give up the fight for our patients, no matter what political and financial obstacles we face. Planned Parenthood has been a fabric of this community for more than 80 years, and we are here to stay.”

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Comments (9)

Excellent news. Shut them all down.

thank GOD! ANYONE who has had an abortion or even a miscarraige KNOWS in their heart of hearts that there was a LOSS. don't kid yourselves; these clinics aren't "faithful" to anyone. there's more to the story than just an abortion. the trauma and ensuing emotional and spiritual damage is never thought about before it happens, but sometimes after the fact it is more than a woman can bear. may more clinics shut thier doors and more ministry go forth to these distraught and needful women in the context of other options.

Yahoo.....
More unplanned pregnacies....
More abortions....
More STDs....
AND
(in combination with planned cuts to WIC)
A higher Infant Mortality rate.

This is terrible news for the men and women who live in these rural communities and need affordable health care.

Planned Parenthood MN gets about $3 million a year from the federal government (source: Strib). An 11% cut would be $330,000.

It seems to me that if it was all that dire, they could pass the hat amoungst the state's rich liberals to make up the difference. I'm sure they wuld feel better about getting their money from people who actually support their mission anyway.

Heck, maybe Mark Dayton could be talked into covering it himself.

Watch the STD numbers explode in rural Minnesota. Mark my words.

This is HORRIBLE news. Regardless of your standpoint, we can't afford to close these clinics. Many people argue how expensive it is to run and fund these clinics but they forget they're preventative measures. Which means, the costs after diseases have spread instead of prevented, tested or treated, will skyrocket. Half of america's children are already on welfare of some kind- This will increase. The social costs will skyrocket. So for those of you who complain about the "tax dollars" be prepared to spend even more in 10 years.

Michael Corcoran, this closing of 6 PPs will result in, among many other things, an increase in unwanted pregnancies brought to term. Can we count on you to adopt a child (or two, or three, or seventeen)?

This is a tragedy

Anyone who has seen a young girl go through a pregnancy knows what a tragedy this can mean. Those who judge such young girls for getting abortions are sad, sad, sad.