Topic

prevent closure

6 petitions

This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation Board of Directors

Keep our Family Planning Clinic!

We, the undersigned, are concerned about a potential closing of the Decorah Family Planning Clinic due to lack of funds. We wish to urge the Board to keep the clinic open. The Family Planning Clinic, a branch of the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC), serves a 6 county area including Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek.   As stated in their mission, the “Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation Health Services Family Planning seeks to: provide all persons quality, confidential, affordable reproductive and related sexual health care services provide comprehensive sexuality education and serve as a community resource for sexuality education advocate public policies which guarantee the right to obtain and have access to reproductive health care services and sexuality education ensure an environment that affirms freedom of sexual and reproductive choice and exercise of the individual conscience" This important institution serves a wide range of individuals that otherwise could be without comprehensive reproductive care.  These include services such as but not limited to: annual exams pap smears pregnancy testing STD testing birth control education counseling According to the clinic’s 2015 report, they served 1,700 clients last year alone. The staff sees individuals ranging in age from 15-65+, and have 729 regular clients (which does not include many individuals who drop in to receive services).  Last year, 216 of their clients were under the age of 18. In the 20-29 age bracket, that number was 367. Ages 30-49 totaled 143 people, and there were 3 patients over the age of 50. If the clinic were to close, it would leave these individuals without the care they need. Among communities that lose this type of clinic, both unplanned pregnancies and the number (and range) of STDs in that community rise exponentially. The clinic is a resource that our area communities simply cannot stand to lose.    

Erin Ryan
563 supporters