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Fact Check-As of June 2022, no evidence of mass Planned Parenthood clinic closures

Social media users are claiming that Planned Parenthood clinics are closing en masse after the U.S. Supreme Court this month overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. While some clinics have stopped providing abortion services, there is no evidence of a mass shut down of clinics as of this article’s publication. Planned Parenthood also provide a variety of other services.

Examples can be seen (here) and (here).

The text in one post reads: “Why are Planned Parenthood clinics closing down all over the country? I thought abortion was only 3% of their business.”

One user questioning the validity of the claim commented on a post: “Honest curiosity. The decision just came down. How many PP have closed in the couple of hours since the decision? I am very pro life but very skeptical that this statement has truthful details behind it. Can you link me to some stats?”

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized women's constitutional right to abortion, a decision condemned by President Joe Biden that will affect millions of U.S. women and exacerbate tensions in a polarized country (here).

The most recent document showing the percentage of abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood is available on its 2019-2020 annual report (here). It shows on page 33 that this percentage was still 3% between Oct. 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2019.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England said on its website (here) that as of June 12, 2022, it has closed 5 part-time health centers and will expand the days of operation at seven health centers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. It said this change is to best meet patient needs and challenges such as “COVID-19, ongoing political attacks, staffing shortages, increased costs, and fewer funding opportunities.”

Besides this one notice, Reuters did not find evidence of closures of Planned Parenthood clinics.

The Planned Parenthood website has a health center locator where users can search by state. In certain states with abortion bans, the website notes that abortion is now illegal in that state.

For example, the page showing Planned Parenthood health centers in Kentucky (here) notes: “Abortion is not legal in Kentucky right now. If you need care, our staff is ready to help you find an appointment and provide you with the information and resources you need to access care.”

These states still provide other services such as birth control, HIV services, men’s health care, pregnancy testing and services, STD testing and treatment, and women’s health care.

A representative for Planned Parenthood told Reuters via email: “No Planned Parenthood health centers have closed since the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe.”

“Planned Parenthood health centers across the country will continue to provide a range of high-quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care services, including birth control methods, sexually-transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, cancer screenings, gender-affirming care, and more — even at health centers that are forced to deny abortion care to patients in need due to their state’s legal landscape,” said Lauren Kokum, director of affiliate communications for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Kokum added that Planned Parenthood affiliates in the U.S. will “make operational decisions in an effort to best meet the needs of the unique communities they serve amid increasingly challenging environments for abortion access.”

VERDICT

False. There is no evidence of mass closures of Planned Parenthood clinics following the Roe v Wade decision. The clinics continue to provide other health care services.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  .         

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