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Planned Parenthood cuts ties with Bay Area network

SAN FRANCISCO — Planned Parenthood's 87-year relationship with a network of clinics serving six Northern California counties is coming to an end on Sept. 3.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has announced that it is cutting ties with Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, which means the local network will no longer be allowed to use the name or resources of the nation's largest reproductive health provider and family planning agency.

The Planned Parenthood Federation did not specify reasons for the unusual decision, but a spokeswoman for the New York-based group issued a statement citing ongoing "fiscal and administrative challenges."

San Francisco's reproductive health clinic network has struggled under the weight of multimillion dollar deficits. The group has not seen a year without a deficit since 2006, and it ended fiscal year 2009 with a $2.8 million deficit, according to filings with the Internal Revenue Service.

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate operates clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, San Francisco, Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino counties, where the nonprofit group's services like contraception, cervical cancer screening and abortions are used, often by low-income people. The area is home to a tenth of California's population.

The national organization is working with nearby affiliates in Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties to establish service in the region currently served by the Golden Gate network.

The local group's interim CEO, Therese Wilson, said it plans to continue offering services under a new name that has not been chosen.

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