Planned Parenthood closing some locations but not Springfield

Planned Parenthood closing some locations but not Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Planned Parenthood locations in Clackamas and Gresham as well as Clark County, Washington, are set to close their doors just months after a location in McMinnville shutdown.

"There's been a huge drop in the teen pregnancy rate, a huge drop in the abortion rate," said Cynthia Pappas, CEO of Southern Oregon Planned Parenthood. "And that's good, that the work we're doing by providing access to contraception and access to sex ed is making an impact, and that can only be for the better for people and their families."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the birth rate for teen mothers dropped 6 percent from 2011 to 2012 to the lowest rate ever reported for the U.S.

Visits may have also dropped due to changes in wellness exam recommendations and changes in birth control.

"A lot of women are choosing long-acting reversible contraceptives," Pappas said, "and that means you don't have to come in as often to a health center."

Though some locations are closing, Pappas said the Southern Oregon centers have no plans to close.

"We are here to stay," she said. "We've been here 47 years, we'll be here for the next 47 years."

It's a move she believes is necessary due to the clientele.

"We serve a much more rural area, so we cannot afford to close any of our health centers," Pappas said.