Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Yakina: Womens' Clinic Turns 30

Article by Leah Beth Ward of the Yakima Herald Republic as reported in the News Tribune:
Beverly Whipple and Deborah Lazaldi
opened the Feminist Women's Health Center in Yakima [in 1979], which has been operating ever since, surviving the violence and turmoil of the anti-abortion movement at its height from the late 1980s to the mid-'90s.

Now in its 30th year of operation, the original clinic and two others in Renton and Tacoma operate under the umbrella of Cedar River Clinics, providing safe abortions, birth control services, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and Pap smears to about 11,000 visitors a year. The Yakima clinic provides approximately 1,000 to 1,200 abortions per year.

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