Indiana University Trustees Board Adds Planned Parenthood Doc

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 19, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Maggie Gallagher Staff Writer
August 19, 2004

Bloomington, IN ( — Planned Parenthood now has a voice on the Indiana University Board of Trustees — thanks to a controversial appointment by the governor of Indiana.

Indiana Governor Joe Kernan recently named Clarence Boone, medical director for Planned Parenthood of Northwest Indiana, to the university board. Boone, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist from Gary, Indiana, once received a "service award" from Planned Parenthood.

The state’s pro-life group says the public has a right to know whether Boone performed abortions for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.

"Indiana Right to Life is demanding to know if Clarence Boone has worked as an abortionist for Planned Parenthood or any other abortion provider, and whether or not First Lady Maggie Kernan’s previous involvement as a Planned Parenthood board member played a key role in the appointment," said Mike Fichter, the pro-life group’s executive director.

"This move underscores the fact that abortion is a key agenda item in the Kernan Administration," Fichter added.

Governor Kernan, a Democrat, faces pro-life Republican candidate Mitch Daniels in the November gubernatorial election.

A university press release described Boone as having "long been active in civic, medical and IU circles through his involvement in and leadership of various organizations and committees."

Boone was appointed to a three-year term. The Governor appoints six members of the university’s Board of Trustees and alumni elect three.

University officials did not respond to a request from for further comment.

Meanwhile, speculation has also been building about the role that Planned Parenthood plays in the Indiana Governor’s office. The Governor’s wife, Maggie Kernan, served on the board of Planned Parenthood while in South Bend.

Her association with Planned Parenthood is mentioned on the governor’s website, preceded by a sentence which reads, "Throughout her professional career and personal life, Mrs. Kernan has dedicated herself to community service."

Pro-life activists note that there is more evidence that the nation’s largest abortion operation is attempting to expand its influence in the Hoosier state.

Recently, two regional affiliates of Planned Parenthood joined together to form a new group — Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

The organization will operate 40 facilities around the state and expects to see nearly 125,000 clients. The new operation represents the merger of Planned Parenthood of Greater Indiana and Planned Parenthood of North Central Indiana.

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