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Allen Women's Clinic closes two locations, refers patients to Waterloo

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

Two Allen Women's Health clinics are closing in the Cedar Valley after funding from The Iowa Initiative runs out.

Back in 2008, Allen Women's Health opened to two satellite clinics that were funded by a private nonprofit foundation to help with a research project.

"There were reproductive services offered. There was birth control offered but there was some counseling and there was research gathered to try and figure out why Iowa does have such an epidemic of unintended pregnancies for women eighteen to thirty," Allen Spokesperson, Jim Waterbury said.

Now, the funding has run out and the clinics in Cedar Falls and Waverly are closing.

"We knew the program would only go for a few years, and then we'd close it," Waterbury said.

All services will be provided at the Waterloo location, where patients from the closing clinics have been referred.

Despite national controversy about funding reproductive women's health, Waterbury says it has nothing to do with that.

"The controversy is mostly of the state and federal levels. This had nothing to do with any controversy about state funding at all," Waterbury said.

As for employees, two people lost their jobs as a result of the closings. The Allen Women's Health clinic in Independence will be open the first and third Wednesday of each month. It had been open every Wednesday.

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