The Planned Parenthood abortion business is merging its affiliates in Kentucky and Indiana and pro-life advocates say that may result in increasing the number of abortions in the Bluegrass State.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Planned Parenthood of Kentucky announced they are merging into one organization on July 1, 2013.
From a local news report:
The new nonprofit will be known as Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. The organization will serve patients at 28 centers across the two states. The merger goes into effect July 1.
The centers will offer services like pap tests, breast and testicular exams, birth control and pregnancy tests.
Mergers have become more common within Planned Parenthood, which once had more than 200 affiliates. Now, the nonprofit has 73 nationwide. Officials said the Indiana and Kentucky Planned Parenthood operations had been working on the merger for months. It has been approved by the boards of directors for both branches.
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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky will have 190 employees.
Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter told LifeNews he worries about abortions increasing. He is also concerned that the abortion business is seeking to avoid Indiana state laws by getting Indiana residents to go to Kentucky for abortions.
“Planned Parenthood of Kentucky currently does not do surgical or chemical abortions, despite Kentucky’s abortion laws being weaker than Indiana’s. This merger will likely result in Planned Parenthood expanding its abortion business south of the Ohio River and driving the abortion rate higher in Kentucky while avoiding Indiana’s abortion laws. We will continue to work with the many organizations offering positive alternatives to abortion so that all women, regardless of where they reside, know they have another option besides ending their unborn child’s life.”
Fichter is also worried about how Kentucky courts have allowed secret abortions on teen girls without parental knowledge.