The Soldotna offices of Planned Parenthood has just 10 days left. After 30 years of offering birth control, medication abortions, sexually transmitted disease testing, and abortion referrals, the location is one of a handful around the Western States that are being closed so the organization can adapt to doing more services via telemedicine. The Soldotna clinic, which closes May 31, does not offer surgical abortions.
The closure of the Soldotna clinic will mean the pro-abortion mega-organization, with its powerful political arms, will have locations only in Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage. The closure doesn’t appear to be related to the pending overturn of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that gave broad abortion rights to women across the country. Although the authority over abortion limitations will return to the states, Alaska’s constitution has been interpreted by the Alaska Supreme Court to allow doctors to perform surgical abortions.