An abortion clinic east of Bozeman run by doctor who once gained national attention is closing its doors on October 1. The Mountain Country Women's Clinic announced the changes on its website.
On Monday morning we found the blinds drawn and doors locked at the Clinic in Livingston.
The clinic is run by Dr. Susan Wicklund. She gained national attention when she appeared on "60 Minutes" in 1993 because of her stance against anti-abortion protests.
According the clinic's website, 59-year-old Wicklund says she will focus on her health and her family. Wicklund operated the clinic in Bozeman from 1993 to 1998, closing it to care for her dying mother in the Midwest. She then reopened the clinic in Livingston in 2009.
We continued research into abortion clinics across the state. We found that Montana currently has two clinics, the Livingston location and the Blue Mountain Clinic in Missoula.
However that list doesn't include Planned Parenthood locations around the state. According to their website, locations in Billings, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula provide abortion services. We checked the map and found that means Bozeman women would have to travel a minimum of 99 miles to a clinic.
We also reached out to a nonprofit family planning clinic in Bozeman. Stephanie McDowell is the Associate Director of Bridger Care. She tells us while they do not provide abortion services, they are still able to continue to help women understand their options.
"We will continue to provide safe referrals for our patients for all procedures, so that would include mammograms, abortions," said McDowell.
For another perspective on the clinic closing we reached out to the Montana Pro-Life Coalition for a comment.
Annie Bukacek is the president of the organization and told NBC Montana, "I knew it was just a matter of time before the clinic would close. Pro-life forces in the Gallatin and Park County area are so diligent, so strong in their work ethic and prayer lives to stop the killing of innocent unborn children," said Bukacek.