Planned Parenthood closing Jefferson City office

About 15 people on Tuesday recite the rosary near the Planned Parenthood office on Southwest Blvd. For the past nine years, a prayer group has held weekly 30-minute gatherings in front of the clinic, which is consolidating with the Columbia office at the end of this month.

About 15 people on Tuesday recite the rosary near the Planned Parenthood office on Southwest Blvd. For the past nine years, a prayer group has held weekly 30-minute gatherings in front of the clinic, which is consolidating with the Columbia office at the end of this month. Photo by Kelley McCall.

A group gathered for prayer outside the Jefferson City Planned Parenthood office Tuesday for the last time. After nine years of praying for a change of choice for clients and employees at the family planning office, the group began an eight-week prayer of thanksgiving.

While these pro-life supporters are pleased, others in the community who have depended on the local Planned Parenthood office for services will have to travel to the Columbia office or find a new provider locally.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri announced this week that it would consolidate the Jefferson City location with the Columbia office. The consolidation should provide more services to more people, said Michelle Trupiano, Mid-Missouri public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

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The Jefferson City clinic, opened in 1975, will continue to be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 29.

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