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The last Planned Parenthood facility in Wyoming will close in July

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There will soon be two states without a Planned Parenthood facility. The last standing Planned Parenthood location in the state of Wyoming is slated to close in July, which will make the Equality State and North Dakota the only two states not housing the abortion corporation, the Casper Star Tribune reports.

The facility opened in 1975 and sees roughly 500 clients a year. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Adrienne Mansanares said:

We looked at what services we provided. We also looked at the financial health of the health center. Our No. 1 priority and concern is to ensure that we have coordination of care for our patients. We’ll be working really closely with our patients to make sure we get them connected to another provider.

Mansanares accidentally admits in her statement that Planned Parenthood is not necessary for women in the state because of the selection of health providers and community health centers. The Casper Star Tribune notes:

The fact that Casper had other places for women to receive comprehensive reproductive health care was a factor in the decision to close the Planned Parenthood clinic here, Mansanares said to the Casper paper.

Wyoming Public Media acknowledges this, too, in its story on the closure, reporting:

“We are making some difficult but necessary changes and this is really so that we can continue to meet patients’ needs in both the short term and the long term,” said Mansanares[.]

Mansanares said they expect Casper’s 500 annual patients to be able to get care from other providers in town, including the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming.

The decision to close the Planned Parenthood facility demonstrates some telling priorities. First, the Planned Parenthood location does not commit abortions but offers birth control, testing for pregnancy, and abortion referrals.

Without the profit abortion brings, it’s certainly not a money-making facility for Planned Parenthood. Abortion is obviously the priority, since Mansanares “emphasized that Planned Parenthood would continue to have a presence in the state through the Wyoming Abortion Fund, which connects women to abortion providers, and by continuing to offer sexual education resources.”

What is more telling, however, is that Planned Parenthood’s reasoning for shutting down this facility actually shows how the abortion corporation is not necessary for women’s health care. By its own acknowledgment, Planned Parenthood is shutting down because women have other options for health care in the region. This, however, flies in the face of its claims surrounding federal defunding efforts.

The abortion giant continually argues that its focus is not abortion; however, when a Planned Parenthood facility shuts down, there are always health centers that can take its place.

It’s ironic that with this closure, Planned Parenthood demonstrates both its commitment to abortion and its admission that women don’t need Planned Parenthood for health care.

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