The Planned Parenthood facility in Bedford is shutting down at the end of the month after providing health care for nearly 40 years.
The clinic has lost a large number of patients over the last decade.
New medical guidelines that have been issued in the last several years recommend women get tested for cervical cancer only once every three years instead of annually, which Planned Parenthood officials say has dropped the number of patients several facilities across the state, including Bedford, are seeing each year.
“We came to the conclusion, very painful. Though, it was after several years of monitoring the margin that patient traffic simply could not sustain keeping the doors open given the limited hours and staffing that we had in place at that point,” Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President Betty Cockrum says.
The Bedford clinic sees about 900 patients annually.
While Bedford does have other medical facilities, Cockrum says she fears those women will now have to traveling to other Planned Parenthood centers in Bloomington or Seymour for medical services Planned Parenthood specializes in such as Pap tests, abortion and adoption services, birth control, and STD and pregnancy tests.
The Bedford facility first opened in 1975. It is closing down on July 25.