Ohio Planned Parental Closes Central Ohio Facility

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 6, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Ohio Planned Parental Closes Central Ohio Facility

by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
December 6, 2003

London, OH (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio announced Tuesday that it will close its London facility in Madison County on December 24 after 25 years of operation, citing rising costs and reduced financial support from the state.

"The decision to close our London center was not made easily, nor lightly," Lisa Perks, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, told the Madison Press.

"However, given the increased costs for healthcare that are affecting all healthcare providers, as well as a reduction in state government support for family planning services, we must focus our financial resources on providing services to the most clients in the most efficient way possible," Perks said.

"Our London site is the lowest volume site," Perks added. "Consolidation is something most businesses have to look to."

Pro-life groups are skeptical of Planned Parenthood’s reason for closing the facility.

"Contrary to Planned Parenthood’s assertion that there has been a reduction in state support for family planning, the Ohio legislature made the same money available for similar services, but gave a priority for receiving the funds to local departments of health, rather than to federal Title X grantees, like Planned Parenthood," Mark Lally, Legislative Counsel for Ohio Right to Life told LifeNews.com.

"The new state program should make quality health care services available to women from health departments that do not have Planned Parenthood’s abortion-driven agenda," Lally continued.

Lally called it "interesting" that Planned Parenthood is closing a facility because of a loss of a $63,317 family planning grant, considering their 2001 IRS Form 990 showed that they had $3,063,177 in cash and investments and only $247,173 in liabilities.

"This closure may reflect the true priorities of Planned Parenthood," commented Lally. "Using their own money to subsidize their family planning services at a small town facility apparently seems too burdensome to them, but the national Planned Parenthood Action Fund will spend millions on defending partial-birth abortion."

Planned Parenthood has also announced it is closing three facilities in Indiana this month, which had lost some $135,000 in the past 22 months. Officials with Planned Parenthood of Greater Indiana concede there appears to be less demand for its services at the three locations, in Martinsville, Salem, and New Castle.

Patients that had been going to the London facility, an estimated 120-130 patients receiving regular exams, will be referred to another facility on Columbus’ west side, 25 miles away. A $10 gas card will be given to patients to assist in increased transportation costs.

Even without the London clinic, Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio operates seven area facilities.