Planned Parenthood Facilities Closing Rapidly Despite Increase in Taxpayer Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2017
Contact: Nicole Stacy | nstacy@sba-list.org | 202-223-8073

Planned Parenthood’s Abortion-Centered Business Model is a Moral and Economic Failure

Washington, D.C. – Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains announced yesterday that it will close six of its facilities in Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico due to financial concerns.

When the Casper, Wyoming location closes on July 21, Wyoming and North Dakota will be the first two states in the country without any Planned Parenthood facilities. According to a spokesperson, clients will be referred to three local community health centers.

Planned Parenthood Heartland also announced plans to close four of its Iowa facilities, blaming a new law that redirects state funds away from abortion. At least 16 Planned Parenthood facilities in Iowa have closed since 2010, prior to the state law defunding them.

“Planned Parenthood’s enterprise is crumbling, even while they are still raking in over half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Their abortion-centered business model isn’t just morally wrong, it’s a failure. In a market where there are so many better options, women don’t need to get their health care from Planned Parenthood. Their own reports show a dramatic decline in non-abortion services, including cancer screenings, contraceptive services, and STD testing, but a five percent increase in taxpayer funding as of 2015. Their latest annual report is five months overdue. Planned Parenthood must be held accountable. We urge Congress to redirect tax dollars to community health centers that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by an average of 20 to one nationally. Even Planned Parenthood admits these centers provide comprehensive women’s health care without performing or promoting abortion on-demand.” 

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a health care bill that redirects taxpayer dollars away from Planned Parenthood for one year and stops Obamacare’s abortion expansion by preventing taxpayer funding of health care plans that cover abortion on-demand.

The proposal to redirect taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood would result in a $422 million increase in federal funding for community health care centers, which enjoy strong bipartisan support, avoid provision or promotion of abortion, and now serve nearly 24.3 million people (and climbing) in medically underserved communities across the United States.

Community health centers outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by an average of 20 to one nationally and offer a full range of primary health care, unlike Planned Parenthood. Community health centers also outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by at least 11 to one in Colorado, 27 to one in New Mexico, 33 to one in Wyoming, and 16 to one in Iowa.

Susan B. Anthony List and its partner super PAC, Women Speak Out spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle, knocking on more than 1.1 million doors in battleground states to defeat Hillary Clinton and maintain a pro-life Senate. SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  The SBA List is a network of more than 465,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.

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