Local Planned Parenthood closes-for now

Locals visiting the local Planned Parenthood location have been met with locked doors and a full answering machine leaving more questions than answers.

While the office has only been operating one day per week, the organization has seen the Cottage Grove location has closed its doors--temporarily.

"We have been in the process of updating our staffing and licensing for the Cottage Grove location and will reopen soon," a representative from the organization said. "We don't have an exact date at this time."

The closure of the local office comes just as the federal government announced a congressional vote which defunded the program. Planned Parenthood provides women's health services including access to mammograms and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. It also performs vasectomies, citing 10 percent of its patients as male.

Despite rhetoric noting that the organization provides abortion at taxpayer costs, the Hyde Amendment prohibits tax dollars for the use of abortion in all cases other than incest and rape or if the mother's life is in immediate danger. However, the organization does use Medicaid dollars for other ailments and 43 percent of its revenue relies on federal funds.