DENVER, CO- The following statement is attributable to Whitney Phillips, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains:

“For 100 years, women and families have trusted Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains to provide life-saving health care and education services, and we take this trust seriously. At PPRM, the health of our patients and the communities we serve is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring that women, men, and young people in the region continue to have access to high-quality, affordable health care and information -- no matter what.

“In a shifting health care landscape nationally and in the states we serve, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ board and senior staff continually assess its operations in order to provide a long-term, sustainable strategy for delivering the best possible services to the people who rely on us for health care, education, and advocacy.

“After careful and extensive evaluation, PPRM is making some difficult but necessary organizational changes to ensure that we can continue to meet our patients’ needs in both the short and long term. This is necessary for us to position PPRM for long-term sustainability in the communities we serve.

“As part of these changes, PPRM will be closing our health centers in Casper, Parker, Longmont, Nob Hill, Rio Rancho and Farmington. This strategic decision will allow us to maintain a fiscally solvent operation that will keep our doors open to patients in the region for the long term. As a nonprofit provider, we care deeply about the health of our patients, and are confident that this realignment of resources will enable us to continue serving patients in the region and uphold our commitment to expert, quality health care.”

###