Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is merging with Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.
The organization said the agreement with its more financially stable affiliate in the northwest will allow it to expand reproductive and education services.
Christine Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands & Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky released this statement:
“Each year, Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country undergo changes as part of a normal process of evaluating and enhancing efficient health care delivery for patients – as do health care providers of all kinds.
“In a shifting health care landscape, both organizations are taking a thoughtful approach to integration and innovation by entering into a strategic alliance, whereby PPGNHI will become the parent organization of PPINK. This alliance will strengthen Planned Parenthood’s ability to continue to provide access to high-quality health care, promote comprehensive, inclusive sex education, and advocate for reproductive rights in both states for years to come.
PPINK has been a leader in the reproductive rights movement in a particularly challenging political environment in the Midwest under the leadership of former CEO Christie Gillespie. We are grateful for Christie’s role in helping secure PPINK’s future and are excited to build upon that work as our organizations continue to fight for the mission of Planned Parenthood.”
Indiana Right to Life said the merger will mean an influx of money from far away states ton influence policy and expand abortions in Indiana and Kentucky.
Here’s a statement from Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter:
“The Planned Parenthood merger places a target on unborn children in Indiana and Kentucky by bringing in millions of dollars from far away states to influence policy and expand abortions. The merger directly connects Indiana’s Planned Parenthood abortion clinics to dozens of abortion clinics operating in Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii, responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of unborn children each year through their lucrative abortion operations. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s customer base has been steadily eroding over the past five years in almost every area except abortions. We believe this merger underscores Planned Parenthood’s intent to expand abortions which are central to its revenue stream. “