CASPER, Wy. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Planned Parenthood (PP) is announcing its only facility in Wyoming is being closed to cut costs, with other locations scheduled to be closed later in the year.
Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains (PPRM) is closing five locations in the Midwest. Besides the facility in Casper, there are abortions mills in Parker and Longmont in Colorado, as well as Nob Hill, Rio Rancho and Farmington in New Mexico.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced that four facilities in Iowa are being closed by the end of June. After closing locations in Sioux City, Burlington, Keokuk, the Quad Cities and Bettendorf, eight will remain open in the state. Iowa Republicans voted on May 1 to take state Medicare funding away from PP on July 1, and Gov. Terry Branstad signed the legislation on May 12.
Republican Rep. Matt Windschitl commented, "I've talked to my constituents. I've talked to people all over Iowa. As more people have become involved in the discussion, they've come to the realization that life begins at conception."
Maggie DeWitte, executive director of Iowans for Life, commented, "I would say this is fantastic news for women and families in the state of Iowa." She continues, "We would say the services and care provided by PP in the state of Iowa were not what women and families deserved. We have said from the very beginning that there are many, many other qualified health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women."
The Casper, Wyoming, facility had been open for over 40 years and used as a referral service, directing over 500 women every year to three "health centers" in the state willing to perform abortions — more proof that PP isn't needed. It is scheduled to be closed in July.
Adrienne Mansanares, PPRM chief experience officer, commented, "Funding is one thing that we look at, but we also look at whether our patients will receive excellent care at another provider or most importantly, come see us in any of our health centers throughout the state."
As of 2017, there were an estimated 788 abortion mills in the United States. That number, however, has gone down in the last two years since pro-life Republicans have become more aggressive in promoting life-saving legislation.
Now, there are approximately five states that have one abortion mill left: Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, North Dakota and Missouri. Although Wyoming is now the first state to have no PP facilities, abortions can still be obtained through some local health centers.