Decision To Close Midland Planned Parenthood Was Not About Abortion...8/19/13
CBS 7 News
MIDLAND-Planned Parenthood serves as a source of health care for many women in the Permian Basin, but now the facility is set to shut their doors in Midland.
Now many want to know why the facility has to close down.
Mara Posada, who's a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, wants residents to know their decision to close was not about abortion.
She says the loss of both their woman’s health program and family planning contract are to blame. She went on to say the decision wasn't taken lightly and has been building for years.
"Without these two programs it has been virtually impossible to continue providing services to low income women," said Posada.
In a statement received by the Odessa American, Jeffrey Hons, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas, said the number of patients getting family planning contracts at the facility in West Texas has dropped by about 50 percent since the program shut down back in 2011.
Hons said the drop is a direct result of the 2011 Texas Legislature’s policy to end both the woman’s health program and family planning contracts.
For now Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas will continue their services at the San Angelo health center.