Planned Parenthood of the Heartland discontinued offering surgical abortion services in its Bettendorf and Sioux City health centers during December.
“As the health care landscape continues to change, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland made some formative changes to ensure we will be here for our patients in the future,” said Jill June, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, in a statement. ”To remain a strong, viable organization we needed to change how we are operating to better meet the needs of our patients.”
June said the women’s health organization’s patient demographics are shifting, with the majority of patients living in more urban areas. She added that it decided to discontinue the services following a review of service offerings at all of its health centers.
“Our organization must focus our limited resources where our patients are located,” she said.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which provides reproductive health care services to residents in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and eastern Oklahoma, has 21 health centers,with 16 across Iowa, including Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.
The organization also closed four Iowa health centers, in Ankeny, Fort Dodge, Mount Pleasant and Washington, in early December.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said in a press release that fewer than 10 percent of Iowa patients visited the Ankeny, Fort Dodge, Mount Pleasant and Washington health centers, which all have limited hours.
It also consolidated two Tulsa, Okla., health centers into one centralized location.
“While there will be always be changes and challenges, the one thing that will always remain the same is that Planned Parenthood will be here for our patients,” she said. “We have the best interest of our patients in mind and we will continue to do all we can to ensure that we will continue to be here for patients, no matter what.”