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Planned Parenthood in Newport closing permanently Feb. 23

NEWPORT — Planned Parenthood’s Newport Health Center announced they will permanently close the facility on Feb. 23.

They say they will be adding two days of operation at their St. Johnsbury health center, and Newport patients can also be seen at their Hyde Park location.

PPNNE says they faced many challenges delivering care at the Newport health center and COVID-19 only made those issues worse.

“Because of limited resources and the national crisis for reproductive health access, we’re reallocating our resources,” Kai Williams, senior vice president of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, said. “This includes adding more days per week to our St. Johnsbury health center and in the future adding a medication abortion program.”

For residents who are unable to travel to St. Johnsbury or Hyde Park, Williams says they also offer Telehealth appointments, where you connect virtually through a phone or computer with one of their providers from your home.

Many, but not all of their services, are offered this way.

PPNNE has been part of the Newport community for more than 40 years

Williams says staff will not face any mandatory layoffs or lost days of work, and they will have the option to work at other health centers.

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