Statement on Merrillville Planned Parenthood Resuming Abortions

August 1, 2017

MERRILLVILLE, IND. – Indiana Right to Life President and CEO, Mike Fichter, issued the following statement upon learning the Merrillville Planned Parenthood facility is resuming abortions after complying with Indiana’s hospital admitting privilege law by finding a local doctor willing to serve as back-up in case of medical emergencies:

“We are disappointed to learn a doctor in the Merrillville area is willing to prop up Planned Parenthood’s abortion business by serving as a state-required back-up physician with admitting privileges. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s annual reports show all procedure categories are declining except abortion, so we’re not surprised Planned Parenthood would quickly find a back-up doctor to protect its lucrative abortion business. In 2016, Merrillville’s Planned Parenthood was the second busiest abortion facility in the state, doing 1,278 abortions.

“Indiana Right to Life is pleased the Indiana State Department of Health made sure the state’s admitting privilege law was being followed, and we expect them to continue doing so at Indiana’s six licensed abortion facilities. Hospital admitting privilege laws exist to ensure a woman facing a medical crisis is aided in the most expedient manner possible. Indiana Right to Life will continue to advocate for life-saving laws. We will also remain vigilant to ensure state laws are being followed by every member of the abortion industry.”

The Indiana State Department of Health is prohibited from releasing the back-up doctor’s name by state law.

Learn about Merrillville Planned Parenthood’s suspension of abortions in Indiana Right to Life’s Jul. 24 press release: www.irtl.org/2017/07/admitting-privilege-law-forces-merrillville-planned-parenthood-to-suspend-abortions.

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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