Missouri Planned Parenthood Closes Abortion Referral Center in Kirksville

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 23, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Missouri Planned Parenthood Closes Abortion Referral Center in Kirksville

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 23
, 2009

Kirksville, MO (LifeNews.com) — Planned parenthood is closing a center in Kirksville, in the sparsely populate northeastern portion of Missouri, that did not do abortions but made referrals for them. Planned Parenthood in Kirksville will be closing permanently in November after the economic downturn left it with an insufficient number of clients.

The center had been operating for 38 years but the economy and a shortage of rural nurse practitioners left it unable to continue operating.

Tri-Rivers Planned Parenthood staffer Ecsi Davis said, “It was a very difficult decision for us. It was a long time coming. We’ve had lots of meetings. This is not a sudden decision by any means."

TRPP was created in 1996 from the merger of Planned Parenthood of Northeast Missouri and Parenthood of the Central Ozarks.

Rita Diller, national director of American Life League’s Stop Planned Parenthood project told LifeNews.com in a statement that she is excited about the news.

“After 38 years in business, Planned Parenthood officials cited declining client numbers and a lack of donations as reasons for closing the facility. According to our records this marks the 14th Planned Parenthood clinic to either close or announce its closing in 2009," she said.

“It just goes to prove that when people find out the truth about Planned Parenthood, they stop contributing and quit going," Diller continued.

Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood of Indiana said it would close five of its 34 centers across the state due to changes in the way the federal government allocates family planning funds. The decision to close the centers comes after an expose’ found two of them hiding instances of possible statutory rape.

In April, the Planned Parenthood abortion business in Virginia closed its center in Lynchburg, which did not do abortions but made referrals for them.

In March, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest closed its facility in Monroe, Washington due to tough economic times. That facility saw its last customer on March 31.

Although the center did not do abortions, it made abortion referrals to other Seattle-area Planned Parenthood centers that do both surgical and drug-induced abortions.

In January, the Planned Parenthood center in Latham, New York, a suburb of Albany, announced it would be closing.

The Latham facility is the smallest the organization oversees and, while it didn’t do surgical abortions, it dispensed the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug that has killed more than a dozen women worldwide and injured over 1,100 in the U.S. alone.

At the end of 2008, the total number of Planned Parenthood centers dropped from 855 in 2007 to 844 last year. The number of local affiliates of the Planned Parenthood federation decreased from 108 to 99.

While Planned Parenthood cuts its total number of centers providing non-abortion services, the number of abortion facilities is in the rise. It jumped to 295 last year from 287 the year prior.

The centers are closing despite the record amount of money the abortion business received from the federal government in the last fiscal year.

The total government grants and contracts received by PPFA affiliates from government sources including state, local and federal governments, increased from $337 million to $350 million.

Looking at Planned Parenthood data from 1997 to the present, the increase in government funding corresponds with an increase in the number of abortions. (See image)

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