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Planned Parenthood clinics closing

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - The Chippewa Falls Planned Parenthood, along with three others in Wisconsin are closing this spring due to cuts in state funding.

Planned Parenthood says several factors are forcing them to close four locations in Wisconsin.

Around 2,000 patients will be affected. The group says a lack of state funding led to the decision and Governor Walker's recent rejection of federal healthcare funding cut budgets at nine family planning centers statewide.

"These are centers that were directly affected by the state budget cuts.  They are small centers in small communities and they needed the state support to make them financially viable," says Planned Parenthood CEO Teri Huyck.

The family planning clinic in Chippewa Falls has been open since 1984.

Patients will now have to travel to the Eau Claire Clinic, which is one of 23 Planned Parenthoods in the state that will remain open.

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