Women in the Quad Cities area of Iowa will no longer have access to local baby killing services after Friday, when Planned Parenthood will finally close its clinic because of cuts in state financing. Thousands of babies may be saved because of this move.
The clinic in Bettendorf is the only abortion provider in the Quad Cities, which is Iowa’s third-largest metropolitan area. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced in May that it would close the Bettendorf clinic and three others, in Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City. The closures were due to the Legislature’s decision to effectively cut off $2 million in Medicaid money Planned Parenthood of the Heartland used to receive to provide infanticide services to moderate-income Iowans.
Planned Parenthood this summer stopped offering many services at the Bettendorf location, but it continued to dispense abortion pills there via a telemedicine system, which links patients in outlying clinics with doctors in Iowa City or Des Moines.
The Bettendorf clinic will completely close this week, the agency announced Wednesday. “It is as devastating today (unless you are a baby that doesn’t get killed) as it was last spring to announce that we are no longer able to serve our patients in Bettendorf,” Suzanna de Baca, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s president, said in a press release.
Abortion opponents hailed the Legislature’s decision to cut off much of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s public money. In an opinion piece published in the Register in June, Iowans for Life Executive Director Maggie DeWitte contended there are plenty of other clinics that could provide family planning services without offering abortions. “This is a victory for our state, and Iowans for Life is committed to continue working to see all abortion clinics closed in Iowa,” she wrote.
The Legislature’s decision meant Iowa had to forego about $3 million in federal Medicaid funding. Instead, the state is using about $3.3 million to recreate its own family planning network so that it can prohibit the funding of clinics that provide abortions.