Planned Parenthood Closures Impact Rural Communities

After losing more than $1 million in state funding, Planned Parenthood says they will be closing four clinics including one in Shawano.
All of the clinics that are closing are located in rural areas. That has some in the healthcare community concerned about how easily women will be able to access low cost preventative care as well as contraception.

Family Planning Health Services in Wausau is not a Planned Parenthood location, but they do provide reproductive health care in Wausau and other locations around Wisconsin. Their Director, Lon Newman, says communities without enough availability for reproductive health services suffer consequences. "I think people will be able to get services but what we often find is that if it is inconvenient or expensive for them, sometimes they don't get the services and then of course the consequences are unintended pregnancy and STD's", said Newman.

Ron Putzer, a representative of Pro Life Wisconsin Marathon County said he is glad the clinics will be closing because he feels it will help young woman realize that other options exist rather than abortion.
"I think by closing it is encouraging young woman to think twice about contraception" Putzer said.

Other Planned Parenthood locations that will be closing are located in Beaver Dam, Johnson Creek, and Chippewa Falls.

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