Nebraska and Iowa Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses Merge

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 24, 2011   |   12:27PM   |   Des Moines, IA

Two abortion businesses operating the Midwest have agreed to merge as Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Planned Parenthood of Southeast Iowa have signed a letter of intent to merge into one affiliate by June 30.

The expanded organization combining the two Planned Parenthood affiliates will be named Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Cherry Klein, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Iowa called the move “exciting” and said it would be an opportunity for the abortion business to expand its customer base. Jill June, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, will remain in that position after the merger of the two organizations is complete and the  joint administrative office will continue to be located in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Merging into one affiliate will provide an opportunity to expand services to those in Southeast Iowa,” says June. “After the merger is complete, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will have health centers located throughout Nebraska and all of Iowa. The new affiliate will operate a total of twenty-five health centers in Iowa, four health centers in Nebraska and three Education Resource Centers in Des Moines, Lincoln and Omaha.”

The combined organization will also offer legitimate medical services in addition to abortions in order to attract customers and increase its positive public relations with residents of both states.

But Steven Brody, the director of Dubuque County Right to Life, denounced the move in comments sent to

“Regardless of the spin that Planned Parenthood may issue, mergers are typically caused by affiliates not meeting financial goals and benchmarks. The smaller affiliates will be absorbed by the larger affiliates in order to keep facilities afloat,” he explained.

“Furthermore, this would indicate that Planned Parenthood is following its established pattern of phasing out affiliates that do not commit abortions and are therefore not profitable, in order to pour its resources into its lucrative abortion business. The five locations (Burlington, Ft. Madison, Keokuk, Mount Pleasant, Washington) were all abortion referral locations only,” he said.

Brody is concerned the merger will expand the telemed or webcam abortion drug dispensing method that has women getting the drug that has killed dozens worldwide without letting them have an in-person visit with a physician beforehand, as recommended by the FDA.

“Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will now be in a position to engage in telemed abortions throughout the entire state of Iowa. Planned Parenthood will attempt to streamline their operations and increase revenue at the same time, by introducing abortion services and only needing a doctor in Des Moines to serve their affiliates via webcam,” he said. “The State of Nebraska has banned late-term abortions, and is now about to join Arizona in banning telemed abortions. It is time for the Iowa legislature to stop playing politics and protect the women of Iowa by enacting meaningful legislation to prevent our state from becoming the abortion capital of the Midwest.”

Nebraska recently approved a bill to ban the webcam abortion process there, but Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has used it more than 2,000 times in Iowa.