ICYMI: Fichter in Indy Star: No taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood

July 5, 2017

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Fichter: No taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood

Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life

Column by Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter
Saturday, July 1, 2017
www.indystar.com

The reality that Planned Parenthood’s clients are leaving in droves should be telling to policy makers.

There’s something ironic about giving a “lifetime” achievement award to the head of Indiana’s largest abortion business. Yet Betty Cockrum, outgoing executive of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK), will have at least two “Lifetime Achievement” awards for her mantle from organizations sad to see her go.

Cockrum retired Friday after 15 years with Planned Parenthood. With all the praises being directed her way, we wondered: is Planned Parenthood in Indiana a stronger organization today?

We reviewed the last 10 years of fiscal year reports, publicly-available on Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s website. (Planned Parenthood of Indiana acquired Kentucky in 2013).

Supporters of Planned Parenthood should be troubled by what we found.

From 2007 to 2016, total patient visits to Cockrum’s Planned Parenthood dropped by 180,000 visits, or 60 percent. In 2007, Planned Parenthood of Indiana had 97,900 unduplicated patients. In 2016, unduplicated patients dropped to only 51,100 in both Indiana and Kentucky. Nearly half of PPINK’s client base has left them.

In 2007, one could argue Planned Parenthood cared about sexual disease testing and preventative care. That year…

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