The Planned Parenthood clinic at 2751 Tech Drive, Bettendorf, has ceased doing surgical abortions.

Medical abortions continue to be performed at the clinic.

The change in abortion methods was pointed out Wednesday in an email distributed to the media by Iowa Right to Life, which is based in Des Moines.

Planned Parenthood officials said Wednesday that the change came after a review of the service offerings at its clinics such as the one in Bettendorf. No staff members were laid off as a result, officials added.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland made the adjustments to "better meet the needs of our patients," Jill June, the organization's president and CEO, said in an email sent Wednesday afternoon to the Quad-City Times.

"We have the best interests of our patients in mind, and we will do all we can to ensure that we will continue to be here for patients, no matter what," she added.

According to its website, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland provides reproductive health care services to residents of Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. It is based in Des Moines. 

Iowa Right to Life executive director Jenifer Bowen said members of her organization first learned in November that surgical abortions might be ended at the Bettendorf facility.

Subsequently, she said, persons associated with her organization made telephone calls to the Bettendorf Planned Parenthood clinic and asked about making an appointment for a surgical abortion. They were told over the phone that the procedure was no longer being offered there, she said. 

Anti-abortion activists who pray regularly outside the Bettendorf clinic reported to Iowa Right to Life that traffic levels there have decreased in recent weeks, Bowen said.

The activists also reported that some patients of the clinic told them they had been referred to Iowa City for surgical abortion services.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,399 abortions were performed in Iowa during 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Nearly 45 percent of those were done with prescription medicine and 41 percent were done surgically.

At Planned Parenthood, some 60 percent of the abortions performed in 2013 were done by medication, June said.

The medication is called Mifepristone, or Mifeprex. It was developed in France and first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2000. According to its manufacturer, Danco Laboratories, it has been used by 1.75 million women in the United States since 2000.

(18) comments

Navyretired

I am a Republican, I am not mad, I don't like seeing human suffering either, some of the comments in this forum are dumb!

mike

Republicans are mad because less fetuses carried to term are less babies they can slowly starve to death by slashing WIC programs. See, Republicans like to see human suffering with their own eyes. You can't get all excited about starving poor black babies to death if people aren't popping them out. It's in the Bible. Leviticus, I think.

mom5000
mom5000

Abortion stops a beating heart. Justify selfishness and murder, but one day you will have to make an account for killing what God has created. "I want sex without consequences" That 's what you're saying. I've been raped and a child did not result.I still wouldn't have had an abortion. I feel burdened for those who think they don't have any other alternative. A baby is a baby. Even if you aren't able to care for that BABY, there are many who would love the opportunity. Abortion is selfish plain and simple.

Legalizeandtax

The world is overpopulated as is. Frankly I would rather never been born than live in this police state but that is another discussion. There are plenty of kids waiting to be adopted. Many don't have a home, why create more?

Some1WhoGetsIt

Amen

mike

Religion stops a functioning brain. The QC Times comments section proves that everyday. And here's what is really selfish.... making a rape victim carry a baby to term so that the GOP-led Congress can starve the rape baby to death once the mother's application for assistance is denied. When you're praying to your sick and demented god tonight, ask him for rapes. Because we all know that rape babies are a gift from God.

mom5000
mom5000

Deluded. Really. Very sad for you. As a foster mom of newborns from all kinds of mothers. You are wrong. Respectfully, meeting sin with sin is wrong. I was raped. Your argument is weak. I'm not going to change your mind. I will pray for you with my non-functioning mind. God bless you, Mike.

downtonfan

It's 2014 women should have the right to choose what happens to their bodies. It's not the 1950's anymore. No woman should be forced to have a child she does not want. And saying being raped is no excuse for an abortion is a very ignorant and close minded statement.

Some1WhoGetsIt

No woman should be forced to have a child she does not want?

Abortion is not an acceptable form of birth control EVER!
as Santony25 said-"If you have sex then be prepared to have a baby!

Any woman who believes abortion is an acceptable form of birth control should be aborted.

Klaatu
Klaatu

I support abortion rights in rape and incest, and I will go along with birth control and even early pharmaceutical abortions. But at some point you people have to realize a human being is being denied a right to live. You have more consideration for unborn animals than humans.

mike

Considering most people eat unborn animals (eggs) for breakfast, your statement is completely false. We also eat live animals for dinner. Ever watch a lobster go out of the tank and into a boiling pot of water? Babies are treated much better in this country. At least they were until mentally ill Republicans began starving them to death by slashing assistance to the poor. Why are Republicans so sick in the head? I think a black president has finally driven them off the deep end.

Santony25

Embryo is an Embryo which HAS A HEART BEAT!
So what now? Would you kill anything else that has a heart beat? Stupid!!
If you have sex then be prepared to have a baby! I understand getting raped... That's still no excuse! There are testing to be done before a man and woman decide to start having children to see your chances Down syndrome and what not!

mike

Your kind of thinking is why Africa is full of crumbling nations who can't maintain the most basic tenets of civilization. Keep advocating that irresponsible people breed without any concern for the rest of society. Your dead savior is coming back to save the world, right? No. He isn't. He's dead and laughing at gullible folks like yourself who buy into the political show in which his corpse now stars. Have fun watching all the impoverished babies of the world starve to death because superstitious zealots like yourself want to be up in everybody's private parts.

geoff
geoff

Thanks quad city times for the American Woman Reich update and current conditions........

downtonfan

Having an abortion is a personal matter and should be of no concern to anyone else except the patient and the doctor. There are so many women that have medical issues that in the case of pregnancy it would risk their life. Women should always have a choice no matter what the situation.

mike

The Quad City Times readership is now mostly crusty old white people who listen to Jim Fisher on WOC. Once they all die, I think abortion rights will become less of an issue here and around the country. Gay rights are already giving many senior citizens severe heart troubles. A few more years, and all these demented racist homophobes will be in the ground, no longer able to elect a Republican congress. America will be better for it. You just gotta have a little patience in the meantime.

pta mom

The embryo is an embryo.

Santony25

They say adjustments to "better meet the needs of our patients"......well the embryo is a silent patient, what about the embryos needs?

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