Oklahoma official says no politics behind voided pact

By TIM TALLEY Published: December 20, 2012
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The three clinics average about 3,000 client visits per month — or about 18 percent of all WIC client visits in Tulsa County, according to state Health Department data. Bryce said in October that the remaining clinics can accommodate those who have been using the Planned Parenthood centers.

While Planned Parenthood is a major provider of abortion and contraception nationwide, the director of its regional office — Jill June of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland — said in October that none of the Tulsa offices offer abortions.

Other conservative states also have targeted the agency for a loss of funding. Indiana passed a law denying funding for general health services, and Texas sought to exclude services to poor women under the state Women's Health Program.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has backed the Health Department's decision to end the agreement with the Tulsa-area offices, but her office said she was not involved in the decision.


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