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Saint Paul, Minnesota – Due to federal funding cuts to the Title X family planning program, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota will be closing six clinics located in outstate Minnesota.
The Title X program was enacted in 1970 as an effort to provide essential health services to low-income women, including annual gynecological exams, testing for sexual transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings. With a 5.5% retroactive cut to Title X, Planned Parenthood faces an 11% cut to its current budget. In order to mitigate this cut, Planned Parenthood will be closing clinics in Thief River Falls, Brainerd, Red Wing, Owatonna, Albert Lea and Fairmont on August 1st.
Regarding these closures, State Representative Erin Murphy (DFL – St. Paul) released the following statement:
“With both the federal and state government under strict budget constraints, cuts to family planning are routinely being proposed under the veil of fiscal responsibility. However, these cuts are reflective of a pervasive ideological attack on the rights of women regarding their health and reproductive choices.
The loss of six greater Minnesota Planned Parenthood clinics will mean a reduction of family planning services and primary health care for women where access is already limited in rural Minnesota. Especially for young women and those of limited financial means, the loss of these clinics will be real and immediate. Continued divestment in prevention and primary care will drive health care costs up for Minnesotans."
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