Fox News’ Bob Beckel, state Rep. Joe Salazar (D- Colorado) and state Rep. Paul Rosenthal all said dumb things about rape. Now, Obamacare has shut down two abortion clinics in Iowa. It’s a war on women being waged by…the Left? Yes, this catchphrase is beginning to eat its own, with the closure of two Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa.
For the Obama campaign, which engaged in a protracted – and disingenuous – crusade of character assassination last year by labeling Mitt Romney and the Republican Party as being anti-woman, the irony is thick with with development. Tony Leys of the Des Moines Register wrote today that:
A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that the agency plans to close two more of its 21 Iowa clinics.
“This decision is the result of a careful analysis of where our patients live and seek medical care, and whether relocating or consolidating centers could help us better meet the needs of our patients,” spokeswoman Shelby Cloke wrote in an email.
She said the decision was partly driven by new federal health regulations. “We are making investments in efficiency models and electronic health records now to help us prepare for the changes that will be brought on by the (Affordable Care Act).”
Jenifer Bowen, executive director of Iowa Right to Life, said it was ironic to hear Planned Parenthood cite the health care law as a reason for cuts. “They supported it so strongly, and they’re feeling the crunch of it,” she said.
Bowen said her group was pleased by the news. “It is not our desire to see the state of Iowa have so many abortion clinics. Obviously, every abortion is a life lost.”
The closures, which will take place March 15, will leave the agency with 26 centers in Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Nineteen of those centers are in Iowa.