Indiana Planned Parenthood Will Close Three Facilities

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 2, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Indiana Planned Parenthood Will Close Three Facilities

by Maria Gallagher Staff Writer
December 2, 2003

Indianapolis, IN ( — Planned Parenthood appears to be losing popularity in Indiana. The nation’s biggest abortion operation has announced plans to shut down three of its centers in the Hoosier state.

Planned Parenthood centers in Martinsville, Salem, and New Castle have lost some $135,000 in the past 22 months and the centers are expected to close in mid-December.

Officials with Planned Parenthood of Greater Indiana concede there appears to be less demand for its services at the three locations.

But the closures will hardly mean the demise of Planned Parenthood’s Indiana outpost.

The pro-abortion organization will continue to operate some 35 centers in the state. While Planned Parenthood likes to tout its gynecological exams and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases, abortion accounts for most of the income earned by its centers, according to its own financial statements.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Theresa Browning told the Indianapolis Star, "We have to pick the right locations to be in. At this time, these three do not seem to be in the right location, and we need to be responsive to the community."

No abortions were performed at the three sites, but abortions are performed at Planned Parenthood facilities in Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Merrillville.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Indiana has an annual budget of $14 million, and saw more than 100,000 clients last year.