Jeff City Planned Parenthood to close its doors

A group gathered for prayer outside the Jefferson City Planned Parenthood office Tuesday for the last time. After nine years of praying for a change of choice for clients and employees at the family planning office, the group began a eight-week prayer of thanksgiving.

While these pro-life supporters are pleased, others in the community who have depended on the local Planned Parenthood office for services will have to travel to the Columbia office or find a new provider locally.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri announced this week that it would consolidate the Jefferson City location with the Columbia office.

The Jefferson City clinic, opened in 1975, will continue to be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 29. Two staff members from the Columbia office have been traveling to provide Jefferson City services.

The consolidation should provide more services to more people, said Michelle Trupiano, Mid-Missouri public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. It also should maximize resources and expand appointment time opportunities, literature said.

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