Planned Parenthood recently announced plans to cut the closure of four of its 12 Iowa hospitals in Iowa, after the Hawkeye state voted for the Republican-led legislature earlier this year, funding for hospitals, the abortions carried out. Also last week, the health care non-profit announced it would close its only clinic in Wyoming and three clinics in New Mexico in what he called a “realignment of resources.”
The news of the closures is the latest in a series of setbacks for the abortion-rights Fans, who have seen their movement, recently under fire from the Republican-controlled legislature on both the state and Federal level.
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“What is going on in Iowa and what we could see is closures across the country if Congress passes this dangerous law to defund planned Parenthood,” Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement shortly after the announcement of the Iowa. “This is the hardest for people who already face barriers in access to health care, especially people of color, young people, people with low to moderate incomes and people who live in rural areas.”
To cut to the relocation, the state funding of abortion in clinics began in Texas in the year 2011, 82 family planning centers closed-a third of them planned Parenthood affiliates, according to the lawmakers in Austin to cut agreed the state funding.
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FILE – In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers to condemn as you and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, for the use in medical research of tissue samples from aborted foetuses. Two-States-health-researchers in Texas are under fire for co-authoring a study that suggests what Republican leaders have long denied -that the cuts are hurting to Planned Parenthood to access to women’s health care. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)
Since then, antiabortion activists have seen a number of victories in the course of the Republican debate the control of Congress in the year 2012, as well as the release of undercover videos that show clearly, planned Parenthood executives on the sale of baby parts. These videos were publicly released by the center for Medical progress (CMP), stirred for antiabortion sentiment throughout the country. It also led to two of CMP heads of state and government charged in California with numerous crimes offense.
In Arizona, GOP lawmakers, a provision in the state budget to redirect over $2 million in Federal funds away from planned Parenthood. The GOP-backed health care bill that cleared the house earlier this month, would block the people who rely on Medicaid always subsidised provision to planned Parenthood health centers-including birth control, cancer screenings and Tests for sexually transmitted diseases.
Estimates by the Congressional Budget Office show that defunding planned Parenthood would be spending to save about $ 200 million in Federal, while reducing the health care for as many as 390,000 people.
President Trump was also recently an executive order on religious freedom, which will probably make it easier for employers to drop coverage of contraceptives from their health plans.
In Iowa, antiabortion groups praised the move last week to tell their state legislators in Des Moines, that the defunding of abortion providers would be more money for other hospitals in the state, especially in the less prosperous rural regions.
“There are hundreds of clinics, large health-care in the state, the not hurt human life,” Maggie DeWitte, the Executive Director for the in for Life, told Fox News. “There are only so many dollars reserved for family clinics, so that, if you take the help of abortion clinics are much more use for other hospitals.”
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FILE: In this April 7, 2011, photo, members of planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America and more than 20 other organizations hold a “Stand Up for Women’s Health” rally in supporting preventive health care and family planning, including abortion, in Washington.
DeWitte added that there are a lot of other family health clinics in Iowa that all of the services that Planned Parenthood non-emergency contraceptives, STD Tests, birth control, and – without carrying out of abortions.
“The great myth is that planned Parenthood is the only gig in town that provides these services,” she said. “This is simply not true.”
Some pro-life activists also noted that despite claims that these cuts are the funding force some abortion providers to close their doors, may have to do the reason, fewer women have abortions today than in the past.
“It’s not so much business to go around,” Randall O’bannon, Director of education and research Department of the National right to life Committee, told Fox News. “There is a decline in demand. Abortion is not something women really want. You want something better for themselves and their babies.”
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Opponents and supporters of an abortion bill gather in a courtyard outside a hearing for the bill at the state capitol, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Austin, Texas.
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While O’bannon is right that the United States has seen a decline in the number of abortions in the last few years, to be the reason for this seems to be due more to an increased use of contraceptives and an increase in abortion restrictions in many States as a personal choice.
In a study, published in the beginning of this year, the Guttmacher Institute – a reproductive rights research organization, once affiliated with planned Parenthood – found that the number of U.S. abortions dropped from 958,700 in 2013 to 926,000 in the year 2014. A research letter published in JAMA in January found that in Texas, 14 percent fewer abortions were carried out in the year 2014 than in 2013, and in the counties where the distance to the nearest abortion facility at least 100 miles, there was a 50 percent decrease in abortions.
A few States in which Democrats have at least a share of power have taken steps to protect a continuous financing of Planned Parenthood, access to abortion and contraception. In Montana, democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s Veto of a bill last week that would have to be banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, while Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto a similar bill if it reaches his Desk, as well as a proposal for a ban on a “dismemberment abortion.”
These moves aside, the antiabortion camp sees the momentum on his side. As evidence, they quote Trump the appointment of the chief judge, which are widely regarded as receptive to further restrictions on abortion.
“People are excited that we have a different administration, so there is a sense of optimism,” said Melanie Israel, of the Heritage Foundation. “Everyone is curious to see what will happen.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.