It has been announced that Planned Parenthood will shutter four of its 12 health centers in Iowa. Doors will close at the Planned Parenthood Centers in Quad Cities, Burlington, Keokuk, and Sioux City, cutting off the 14,676 patients who use those facilities for health services.
The forced closures will take place after a vote in the GOP-led state legislature to reject $3 million in federal Medicaid funding for family-planning services.
A Medicaid provision requires states who accept federal funds to let patients use their Medicaid coverage at any qualified provider, including reproductive health clinics like Planned Parenthood.
Instead of accepting the $3 million in federal funds, the legislature turned down that free money to prevent it from going to Planned Parenthood, even though PP does NOT use federal funds for abortion services.
Without that federal funding, the PP clinics are forced to shut down.