Planned Parenthood in Oregon Makes Staff Cuts and Closes Three Locations

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | June 6, 2014 | 2:07 PM EDT

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette in Oregon will be closing three of its nine area locations, stating that it was "difficult but necessary in order to maintain a fiscally solvent operation that continues to keep our doors open to patients in our region for the long-term," reported The Oregonian.

The statement came from CEO Stacy M. Cross. These closings in Clackamas, Gresham, and Salmon Creek area of Clark County, Washington follow the closure of the  McMinnville office two months earlier.

Though Planned Parenthood's statement points to fiscal reasons for the closings, the truth is that teen birth rates in Oregon - and nationally - are at "their lowest point in decades," states The Oregonian.

Staff reductions are being made at other offices in the state, Cross said in her statement.  In fact, "Part of the reason for the closures is a nearly 30 percent drop in the number of patient visits since 2012, said Liz Delapoer, the agency's communications director," The Oregonian reports.

Both teen pregnancy and abortion rates, in Oregon and across the United State, are at all-time lows, pointed out Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life. The news of the closures was a surprise, "but a pleasant surprise," she said.