Ms Magazine reports that the Women's Choice Clinic of Oakland, known as the United States' oldest feminist health clinic, will be closing as a result of the declining economy. Linci Comy, the clinic's executive director, explained that "To balance the state budget, California has frozen [Medi-Cal] payments for services already provided, and for us, that is a fatal decision. With that and issues of the economy, it all came down on us in March. Our landlord let us know we have to be out in a couple of weeks. We're looking at bankruptcy."
The clinic opened in 1972 and has seen more than 64,000 patients since then. In recent years, 90% of the clinic's patients received state aid or did not have health insurance.
It is a sad day indeed.