TYLER, TX (KLTV) - One prominent women's health care provider is shutting the doors to three southeast Texas clinics because of what they call "persistent attacks on women's health."
The Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Chapter, which serves Houston, southeast Texas, and Louisiana, announced two weeks ago that because of state budget cuts to women's health care services, Planned Parenthood chapters in Lufkin, Huntsville, and Bryan will have to close.
After nearly 40 years of serving East Texans, their last day to see patients is Thursday, Aug. 1.
The Lufkin clinic offers general health care, family planning, and pregnancy and STD services, among others. Their funding was greatly affected after Governor Perry banned Planned Parenthood from the statewide Women's Health Program after the 2011 legislative session
In addition, Planned Parenthood says that the Bryan clinic must close because of the new guidelines for abortion clinics the Texas Legislature recently passed. It is the only clinic of the three that offered abortion services.
Planned Parenthood is referring patients to their Houston clinic for abortion services.
And to help women who are losing their primary source of health care, the Angelina County and Cities Health District has said they will work to fill any gaps in service caused by the Lufkin Planned Parenthood closure.
If you would like to have a copy of your medical records from Planned Parenthood, you may obtain a copy of your medical records by completing a medical release form. Please fax the form (404) 494-7435 or mail it to:
4600 Gulf Freeway
Houston TX 77023
If you would like more information, please read the statement from Melaney Linton, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.