Planned Parenthood in Bettendorf to close its doors

The organization cites the state defunding efforts as the cause for closure

BETTENDORF, Iowa - Thousands of Iowans will have to look for a different place to get some health care services. Four Planned Parenthood clinics in the state are closing.

A spokesperson from the organization says defunding at the state level has forced the closures, leaving more than 14,000 Iowans without access to certain services.

With Planned Parenthood's closings, there will be one fewer women's health clinic in the Quad Cities. Local 4 News is local for you by looking at what other facilities women can go to in the area.

One organization near the Bettendorf location is willing to offer similar reproductive care, and there are other options if you're looking for an ultrasound or pregnancy counseling. 

Vicki Tyler runs the Women's Choice Center, which sits right across from Planned Parenthood

"No matter whether a woman has insurance or not, it doesn't matter. All services are free here. We offer pregnancy testing. We offer ultrasounds. We also offer option counseling... We also offer the attempted reversal of the RU-486 or the medical abortion," Tyler said.  

Because of defunding, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is closing its Bettendorf location along with three other clinics in Burlington, Keokuk, and Sioux City. 

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's President and CEO Suzanna de Baca says, "The changes PPHeartland is forced to make are the result of the budget signed May 12 by Governor Branstad supported by Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and extreme legislators throughout the session. These health center closures are devastating for the patients and communities who rely on us, and for our staff, donors, and other supporters."

Local four news looked into other options for women's health clinics in the Quad Cities.

There's Edgerton Women's Health Center in Davenport, Pregnancy Resources in both Moline and Davenport, and Birthright of Davenport.

Tyler says women are always welcome to see what the Women's Choice Center has to offer.

"We would invite them to come and receive our services here... We're not going to serve as many services as what they do, but we're here to help them, support them, we can resource them to obstetricians in the community and so that would be a good resource for them to come in and get additional information as well," Tyler said. 

The health centers in Sioux City, Burlington, And Keokuk will close June 30. The facility in the Quad Cities will continue to stay open until the building is sold.


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