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Planned Parenthood quietly opened new Kansas abortion clinic after Supreme Court ruling

Lisa Gutierrez and Katie Bernard, The Kansas City Star on

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Anti-abortion activists campaigning for the amendment had argued Kansas’ constitutional right to abortion would make the state a destination for the procedure.

In a statement, Jeanne Gawdun, a spokeswoman for Kansans for Life, pointed to the clinic as confirmation.

“For months we have been telling the public that Kansas was set up as a destination for abortion. It’s sad that the media waited for so long to cover this as women and babies in our state are the ones who will suffer the consequences,” Gawdun said in an email.

“We expect this to be the first in a long line of heartbreaking confirmations that Kansans were purposely misled by the abortion industry and its allies about the consequences of passage or defeat of the Value Them Both Amendment.”

Providers, including Planned Parenthood, told The Kansas City Star last month they received increased calls from out-of-state women but could not meet the demand. Kansas’ limited number of clinics, combined with restrictive laws on abortion, meant more patients sought care in New Mexico, Illinois and Colorado, they said.

According to Planned Parenthood’s website, the Wyandotte Health Center of Kansas City, Kansas, provides services including abortion, birth control, HIV services, pregnancy testing and services and women’s and men’s health care.


It is the first such clinic to operate in Wyandotte County since Aid for Women closed in 2014.

The clinic had been rumored. In April anti-abortion activists held a protest at the site and at the Wyandotte Pregnancy Clinic six blocks away, according to Wyandotte Daily.

Simmons said the protests were part of the reason the opening was not widely publicized.

When it chooses clinic locations, Planned Parenthood considers the number of health care providers already in a community, Simmons said.


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