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Planned Parenthood to cut staff, consolidate clinics in Upper Midwest

Leaders for the five-state region, including Minnesota, say the change increases patient capacity

Planned Parenthood will consolidate some of its clinics and eliminate dozens of positions in the Upper Midwest, the organization's leaders announced Tuesday

Across Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas, 36 positions will be eliminated from Planned Parenthood North Central States, including nine staff members and 27 open positions.

The decision comes 19 months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to abortion and returning the power to regulate abortion to individual states. Since then, two dozen states, including the Dakotas and Nebraska, have moved to ban abortion or further restrict the procedure to earlier in the pregnancy than Roe's standards; courts have for now blocked bans in three of those states, including Iowa.


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