By Dave Andrusko
In a sense the upcoming July 21 closure of Planned Parenthood’s only clinic in Wyoming may be largely symbolic. The Casper clinic provides abortion referrals but does not itself perform abortions.
But even if the reasons are largely economic–“This strategic decision will allow us to maintain a fiscally solvent operation that will keep our doors open to patients in the region for the long term,” claimed Whitney Phillips, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, in a May 17th statement–the knowledge that Wyoming joins North Dakota as the only state without a Planned Parenthood presence is reassuring.
According to the Casper Star-Tribune, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains region includes Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and southern Nevada.
Most Planned Parenthood patients in the state go to the Fort Collins, Colorado location, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains region official Adrienne Mansanares told Arno Rosenfeld of the Casper Star-Tribune. (“The Longmont and Parker, Colorado offices will also close, as will New Mexico offices in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Farmington,” the Catholic News Agency reported.)
The Catholic News Agency’s story put the closures in a wider context:
The Center for Medical Progress videos strengthened efforts to defund the abortion provider, which has received about $500 million in federal funding each year for non-abortion services. Planned Parenthood and its allies responded to the videos with a multi-million dollar publicity campaign to control the damage.
Two videos released in July 2015 allegedly appeared to show Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains vice president and medical director Savita Ginde negotiate the sale of aborted baby parts.
The Planned Parenthood affiliate also recently settled a civil lawsuit alleging that two of its employees failed to comply with Colorado law by performing an abortion on a 13-year-old girl who was sexually abused. The lawsuit said employees neglected to report the abuse of a minor to authorities or obtain consent from her parents prior to performing the abortion.
Planned Parenthood “will continue its presence in the state through the Wyoming Abortion Fund, which connects women to abortion providers,” the pro-abortion website Rewire.com reported . Although apparently unrelated to the Casper clinic closing, Rewire lamented.”Wyoming’s Republican Gov. Matt Mead in March signed a pair of anti-choice bills, the first abortion restrictions passed in the state in two decades.”