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Planned Parenthood will close four clinics in Vermont and one in New Hampshire in June

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Five Planned Parenthood clinics in Vermont and New Hampshire will close in June.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is closing five of its clinics across the region as part of what the organization calls a "sustainability plan."

Four clinics in Vermont and one in New Hampshire will permanently shut their doors on June 12.

All five clinics set to shut down only operate two or three days a week, according to each clinic's website. At the same time, Planned Parenthood says it will expand hours at seven of its other locations over the course of the next year.

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An organization spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a press release, the organization did not expand on the cause of the closures, but said the decisions are intended to keep Planned Parenthood's services sustainable in the long-term. Planned Parenthood clinics offer a range of health services, including primary care, birth control, pregnancy testing and abortion.

Vermont clinics in Bennington, Hyde Park, Middlebury, St. Albans will shut down in June, as will a clinic in Claremont, New Hampshire. Planned Parenthood says it will expand its hours in Barre, Brattleboro and Williston, Vermont, Exeter, New Hampshire, and Sanford, Biddeford, and Topsham, Maine.

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The moves come after the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court, which, if finalized, could overturn Roe v. Wade, which has guaranteed abortion rights nationally for decades. Legal abortion access would then be determined by state law.

Vermont voters will consider a ballot measure this November that would add a right to "reproductive liberty" to the state constitution.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or get in touch with reporter Henry Epp @TheHenryEpp.

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Updated: May 14, 2022 at 2:23 PM EDT
This story has been updated with a different photo. The previous photo showed a Planned Parenthood clinic that has since changed locations.
Henry is a reporter covering business, the economy and infrastructure at Vermont Public. He's also co-host of The Frequency, Vermont Public's daily news podcast, along with Anna Van Dine. Henry came to Vermont Public in 2017, and worked as the station's host of All Things Considered until November 2021. Prior to that, he was a reporter and host of Morning Edition at New England Public Media in western Massachusetts. A graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, Henry was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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