Planned Parenthood Clinic in Wisconsin Permanently Closes

Melanie Arter | August 23, 2016 | 9:40am EDT
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A Planned Parenthood clinic in Appleton, Wis., is permanently shutting down due to an inability to meet proper security standards, Planned Parenthood officials said Monday.

The Appleton North clinic temporarily suspended abortion services in October 2015 because of a staffing shortage, the Capital Times reported Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood decided to review its security procedures at each of its facilities after a gunman killed three people and wounded nine in an attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Chief operating officer Chris Williams said the Appleton North clinic was unable to meet the “more stringent and scrutinized approach” needed in the wake of the Colorado shooting massacre.

He said the decision to close the clinic was not in response to any specific threat, rather because “constant threats” occur at all Planned Parenthood clinics.

The move leaves the state with just two Planned Parenthood facilities in Madison and Milwaukee.



Julaine Appling, director of the pro-life Christian group Wisconsin Family Action, called the closure a victory for women.

“Planned Parenthood likes to send the message that they are the only respite for women in crisis pregnancy situations or women who think they might be. But Planned Parenthood with their abortion end-game is not the only option," Appling said.

"Women in the Appleton area have wonderful Pregnancy Resource Centers available to them, where they and their unborn child will be treated with dignity and respect while offering real help and hope. Many of these Pregnancy Resource Centers also have medical clinics making them able to offer a wide array of services. Keeping this Planned Parenthood facility closed bodes well for the women in the greater Appleton area," she added.

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