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Planned Parenthood opens new abortion clinic in Oklahoma City

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) on Tuesday opened a clinic in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, that is the only PPGP facility in the state to provide abortion care, The Oklahoman reports.

Background

According to The Oklahoman, other PPGP clinics in the area -- located in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Tulsa -- do not provide abortion care, although they do provide referrals for abortion care. PPGP provides reproductive and sexual health care in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, including testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, cancer screenings, HIV prevention, contraception services and health care for transgender individuals (Crum, The Oklahoman, 11/15).

The Warr Acres facility's opening follows the opening of Trust Women Foundation's new abortion clinic in the Oklahoma City's South side (Fultonberg, KFOR 4, 11/15).

Details on new clinic

Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, spokesperson for PPGP, said the new clinic will provide medication abortion. It will not immediately offer abortion procedures.

Separately, Laura McQuade, president and CEO of PPGP, cited the growing need for comprehensive reproductive health care in Oklahoma. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health, the state has some of the country's highest teenage birth rates and overall birth rates.

McQuade said, "Health care needs in Oklahoma are growing, not diminishing" (The Oklahoman, 11/15). She added, "We were deeply committed to expanding access to this critical component of sexual and reproductive healthcare in Oklahoma City ... We are thrilled to be able to provide more options both in terms of locations as well as the services that we provide" (KFOR 4, 11/15).

She added that PPGP's services are particularly crucial for low-income residents who "really have very little choice in where to go." According to McQuade, other health care facilities in the region do not offer the full range of services that PPGP provides (The Oklahoman, 11/15). Regarding abortion care, she said, "We have been weathering the political storms that come with the provision of abortion services that we provide, and we just feel that that is a reality in Oklahoma and we go about business of providing the care we know communities need."

McQuade acknowledged ongoing efforts in the state to target abortion providers, stating that PPGP and Trust Women are prepared to challenge any attacks on abortion rights in court. "We are under no illusions," McQuade said, adding that abortion-rights opponents "have been coming after [PPGP] for a long time, but we are still here, and we are still providing services" (KFOR 4, 11/15).