Planned Parenthood closes dozens of clinics

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According to a new report from The Washington Times, dozens of Planned Parenthood clinics have shut down over the past year.

One such clinic is the Planned Parenthood Express Clinic in Parker, Colorado. The abortion provider used to operate out of a strip mall beside a liquor store but is one of 32 Planned Parenthood clinics that are no longer operating.

The figures come from a pro-life organization called American Life League. In a new study it produced, it was found that the largest provider of abortions in America, Planned Parenthood, appears to be on the decline.

From the Times:

Jim Sedlak, executive director of the American Life League, said there is “mounting evidence of Planned Parenthood’s decline” and “renewed optimism that the end of the organization may happen sooner than our most optimistic estimates just two years ago.”

 “The evidence is clear: The American people are fed up with Planned Parenthood,” Mr. Sedlak said in a statement. “The revelations about its business model and its callous disregard for the lives of human beings are taking their toll on the organization’s acceptance.”

Although the Times could not reach Planned Parenthood for comment, it did note that executives have not been able to point to a specific reason for the closures:

Some point to the passage of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which they say has resulted in more patients who are enrolled in Medicaid and fewer who pay out of pocket.

Planned Parenthood began receiving federal funds in 1970. Since 1976, it has not been allowed to use federal money for abortions.

Planned Parenthood receives roughly $500 million in federal funds per year, according to CBS New, largely through Medicaid reimbursements. The organization received $60 million from a Title X program and approximately $400 million from Medicaid.

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