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Oklahoma Department of Health to End Contracts with Planned Parenthood

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By SEAN MURPHY
Associated Press

Oklahoma is withdrawing federal funding that has gone to three Planned Parenthood clinics in Tulsa for 18 years and allowed them to provide food and nutritional counseling to low-income mothers.

The State Department of Health notified Planned Parenthood of the Heartland CEO Jill June last week that it would be terminating its contracts with the Tulsa facilities at the end of December.

June described the decision Thursday as a "short-sighted political maneuver." Planned Parenthood provides abortion services at some of the clinics it operates nationwide, but not at the three Tulsa clinics. Anti-abortion activists have been demonstrating outside Planned Parenthood clinics for years.

Oklahoma's decision to end its contract with the Tulsa clinics comes amid recent efforts in several other conservative states to go after Planned Parenthood's funding.

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