The Little Rock clinic of Planned Parenthood will open a “state-of-the-art health center” in August at 1501 Aldersgate Road, Planned Parenthood Great Plains announced today. The clinic at 5921 W. 12th St. will continue to operate “until further notice,” the press release said.
The new location will be larger to serve “growing patient demand and to address a lack of access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care within the area.” Dr. Brandon J. Hill, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, was quoted in the release as saying, “By opening this new location, we are expanding our commitment to Arkansas. … This opportunity comes at a time of increasing hostility toward reproductive rights playing out across the country.”
That hostility played a role in the decision by Planned Parenthood to close its health center in Fayetteville at the end of the month. The anti-abortion Family Council reported that the landlord decided not to renew the lease because of their daily prayers outside the clinic. The council was thrilled that men and women of Fayetteville would be denied access to reproductive care, including gynecological exams, birth control and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
Hill, however, said Planned Parenthood decided not to renew the lease “following challenges that posed concerns for the safety of our patients and staff.” The Fayetteville clinic at 3729 Crossover Road will close at the end of July and reopen in a new location “as quickly as possible,” Hill said.