Planned Parenthood Closing Bryan, Huntsville Centers

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Planned Parenthood has announced it is ending services in Bryan, Huntsville and Lufkin, including the abortion clinic in Bryan.

The Gulf Coast region's president and CEO, Melaney Linton, cited "an increasingly hostile environment for providers of reproductive health care in underserved communities," along with budget cuts to women's health care services as reasons for the closure of the three centers.

The Bryan facility has provided abortion services since the late 1990s, according to the Coalition for Life group, which was formed in opposition to Planned Parenthood.

Coalition employees were informed of the impending closure by local media, including KBTX.

"Women who have made the complex, deeply personal decision to end a pregnancy have relied on Planned Parenthood Center for Choice in Bryan, a separate, nonprofit healthcare provider," Linton said in a statement. "While we believe the excessive and medically unnecessary requirements imposed on clinics providing early abortion are unconstitutional, we have made the difficult and practical decision to close Planned Parenthood Center for Choice in Bryan at this time rather than face the prospect of having to do so in the forseeable future."

The facilities in the three cities will close at the end of August.

According to Planned Parenthood-Gulf Coast's website, birth control and testing for HIV, pregnancy and STD were among the services offered in Bryan and Huntsville.

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