Tuesday News Roundup

Abortion Myths Debunked – National Abortion Federation
My Baby Would Have Died Under Stupak – RH Reality Check
Millennial and the Right to Choose – RH Reality Check
Reid “Confident” Senate Will Pass Health Care Bill – USA Today
El Paso Health Provider Stepping Up to Replace Planned Parenthood – El Paso Times

Who Will Pick Up the Slack in El Paso?

19872882_240X135Last week pro-choice advocates were shocked to read the news that Planned Parenthood El Paso had permanently closed all six of its clinics. Abortion opponents are of course trying to claim this as a victory for their side. But the clinics’ 11,000 clients do not see it that way. Their main concern is why they weren’t told in advance, and what there are supposed to do now.

A financial audit of Planned Parenthood El Paso is currently in the works, but the results won’t be available for 30 days. According to a reporter with the Newspaper Tree in El Paso, Planned Parenthood El Paso had not filed its required 2007 or 2008 tax paperwork with the IRS that is necessary to maintain its 501c3 status. The tax filings for 2006 showed that Planned Parenthood El Paso was over $100,000 in debt. This doesn’t surprise me, since government funding for family planning services has steadily declined at the same time that private donations and grant funding have fizzled out due to the economy. However, it does strike me as very troubling that the paperwork itself isn’t on file with the IRS. Who fell down on the job?

I’m not inclined to finger point and assign blame, however. The more important question is where will patients in El Paso go now that Planned Parenthood has closed its doors? [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood Closes El Paso Clinic

19872882_240X135Patients in El Paso were greeted with somber news when they arrived at Planned Parenthood today. All 6 of the Planned Parenthood clinics in the city have closed due to financial problems. According to the El Paso Times:

The organization’s interim executive director, Analinda Moreno, announced the shutdown Friday.
“Advising the staff about the closing today was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” she said. “Our patients have always been our first priority, and we are still doing everything we can to provide transfer services. We made this decision with them in mind and in their best interest, and we hope they understand that.”
Moreno, who held back tears at times, said financial pressures necessitated the closing.

“There were many factors that came into the decision,” she said. “We knew eight days ago that there was just absolutely no other way other than to close. Now our concern is negotiating a smooth transfer for all our patients with their consent, but it has been a challenge trying to contact all of them.”

That’s going to be a large task. The clinic served more than 11,000 women, most of them low-income. The Planned Parenthood clinic had served El Paso for 72 years. This is such a disappointment. [Read more...]