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El Paso Planned Parenthood Closes

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The El Paso Planned Parenthood closes its doors today, July 3, 2009, after 72 years, due to financial difficulties, according to Ms. Magazine.

Interim Executive Director Analinda Moreno said that this closure will affect six offices in El Paso that provide services to more than 12,000 women. A major concern, according to Moreno, is negotiating a "smooth transfer" for all the patients, with their consent.

The closing of this clinic comes one month after services for its HIV/AIDS patients was discontinued; this was also due to financial problems. Many of those patients have been referred to El Centro de Salud La Fe.

Other healtcare providers in the area such as Project Vida, Centro San Vicente, and Thomas Hospital Women's Health Center, are getting ready for an influx of new patients because of this this closing. A patient of Planned Parenthood El Paso said, in reference to the clinic, that people "seeking medical help that don't have the money to go to a doctor can just easily go here, now it's not going to happen...It's going to be harder because I don't even know of a good doctor that serves people with a low income."

I have always read and heard great things about Planned Parenthood, and it is very saddening that today it has been forced to shut its doors in El Paso.

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Thanks so much for your comments. I would really appreciate it if you could keep me informed about this issue. I will post any updates. What a loss for the community.

July 6, 2009 - 11:21am
EmpowHER Guest

Thank you so much for posting about this. The majority of media attention thus far, unfortunately, is being driven by anti-choice supporters who are not focusing on the loss of medical services that Planned Parenthood provided.

There seems to be more to the story, but few answers have been forthcoming about how patients will transition or what kind of financial trouble occurred. This came as a shock to most connected with the community; the discontinuation of HIV/AIDS treatment was linked to the loss of a grant and the organization stated that overall they were 'not in trouble'. Regardless of what occurred, the community is most concerned with the loss of services to a vulnerable population.


July 6, 2009 - 9:08am
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