Oklahoma to end Planned Parenthood contracts

By SEAN MURPHY Published: October 4, 2012
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“I thought the program was about the needs of women and children,” she said. “We're going to stand and fight to continue providing these services.”

The closure affects Planned Parenthood facilities in west Tulsa, midtown and Broken Arrow that average about 3,000 client visits per month, nearly 18 percent of all client visits in Tulsa County, according to health department data.

Bryce said there are no plans to close any of the other 14 clinics in Tulsa County that provide WIC services, and that the remaining clinics will be adequate to accommodate the additional clients.

“We have existing WIC clinics in proximity to all three of these locations,” Bryce said.

Planned Parenthood is a major provider of abortion and contraception nationwide, but June said none of the facilities in Tulsa offer abortion services. The nonprofit agency has been at the middle of a hot-button national debate over abortion and contraceptives, and has come under fire in a number of conservative states that have sought to eliminate its funding.

Indiana passed the first law meant to deny Planned Parenthood federal funding for general health services, and the GOP-controlled Legislature in Texas passed a law last year that sought to exclude Planned Parenthood clinics that provide family planning and health services to poor women as part of the Texas Women's Health Program.

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