Planned Parenthood to close two Colorado facilities; cites Personhood amendments

Aug 09, 2013, 13:59 ET from Personhood USA

DENVER, Aug. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has announced their intentions to close two chemical abortion facilities in Colorado, claiming that they have been operating without public funding and have been fighting against Colorado's personhood amendments.

In a press release, PPRM stated, "For over 10 years and without public funding… PPRM sees over 106,000 patients annually and has fought major political battles such as defeating two statewide "personhood" ballot initiatives in the 2008 and 2010 Colorado elections, respectively. Today PPRM announces the consolidation and closure of two of its 23 Colorado health centers."

Despite claims that they are not publicly funded, several news sources report that Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains received $10 million in funding from Colorado citizens from 2009-2012, although the Colorado Constitution prohibits public funding for abortion.

"Planned Parenthood profits from the systematic killing of living and growing baby boys and girls," commented Jennifer Mason, Personhood USA spokesperson. "I have a hard time believing that financial woes are causing these pro-abortion offices to shut down, considering the fact that Planned Parenthood has reported over 1 billion dollars in profit and nationally receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. Regardless, if a Personhood campaign was a part of closing them down, we consider that a success."

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains engaged in repeated costly legal battles with Personhood Colorado and Personhood USA, yet failed to keep personhood off of the ballot and away from voters. Planned Parenthood has taken an expensive role in defeating Colorado's personhood amendments, outspending Personhood by nearly 10 to 1 in some campaigns.

Planned Parenthood Eastside and La Junta currently offer chemical abortions ranging in cost from $38 to $817, including the dangerous "Morning After Pill." Both offices refer patients for surgical abortions at other Colorado abortion businesses.

Mason continued, "I think most Colorado citizens would agree that fewer abortions in Colorado, whether chemical or referred surgical abortions, is a very small step in the right direction."

SOURCE Personhood USA