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Abortions Increase While Client Numbers Drastically Drop at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky

June 23, 2017

Procedures are Down in Every Category Except Abortion

INDIANAPOLIS –  Analysis of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s (PPINK) last 10 years of publicly-available, fiscal year annual reports shows major declines at Indiana’s largest abortion business. Nearly half of PPINK’s client base has left it. Procedures are down in every category that appeared in both the 2007 and 2016 annual reports, except for abortions, which are up 5 percent.

Indiana Right to Life reviewed the reports as PPINK prepares to have Christie Gillespie assume its top leadership post on Jul. 1. Gillespie takes over as 15-year President and CEO, Betty Cockrum, retires. Cockrum was hired by Planned Parenthood of Indiana in 2002 and she led the merge of Indiana and Kentucky into one Planned Parenthood organization in 2013. Annual reports from 2013 to present include both states’ services and client numbers.

From 2007 to 2016, total patient visits to Planned Parenthood dropped by nearly 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. PPINK sees only .005 percent of the total population of Indiana and Kentucky.

Procedures are down in every category that appeared in both the 2007 and 2016 annual reports, except for abortions. From 2007 to 2016:

  • Abortions have risen from 5,160 to 5,397, or 5 percent.
  • Pap tests have dropped from 50,100 to 5,300 tests, or 90 percent.
  • Pregnancy tests have dropped from 22,785 to 10,206 tests, or 55 percent.
  • Chlamydia tests have dropped from 41,469 to 24,748 tests, or 40 percent.
  • Gonorrhea tests have dropped from 41,659 to 24,752 tests, or 41 percent.
  • HIV tests have dropped from 7,191 to 6,203 tests, or 14 percent.
  • Colposcopy procedures have dropped from 600 to 115 procedures, or 81 percent.
  • LEEP procedures have dropped from 83 to 15 procedures, or 82 percent.
  • Cryotherapy procedures have dropped from 62 to 2, or 97 percent.

Revenue to the abortion business has ranged between $13.7 and $16.6 million/year between 2007 and 2016. In 2007, its annual revenue was $16.6 million and in 2016 its revenue was $16.1 million.

Fewer people in poverty are being served by Planned Parenthood. In 2007, 75 percent of Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s clients were at or below 150 percent poverty. In 2016, only 54 percent of PPINK’s clients were at or below 150 percent poverty.

In 2007, Planned Parenthood of Indiana operated 35 Indiana locations. Today, it runs 17 locations in the Hoosier state and two in Kentucky. None of the 18 closed Indiana locations did abortions.

“These reports do not paint a picture of good health for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “While every other procedure category declined from 2007 to 2016, Planned Parenthood continued to convince women to end their pregnancies. Forget women’s health – Planned Parenthood’s business model is all about abortion and these numbers show it.

“Planned Parenthood’s clients are leaving in droves. They can find more comprehensive and affordable health care elsewhere. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s new CEO has her work cut out for her. We expect she will try to continue convincing the public that the abortion business deserves taxpayer funding, all while cutting services and locations and selling more abortions. The truth is, Planned Parenthood does not need our funding.”

Planned Parenthood’s annual fiscal year reports are available here: www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-indiana-kentucky/about/annual-report

For an infographic and more information on PPINK’s declines, visit www.irtl.org/PPINK

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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New Planned Parenthood CEO Worried about Regressing

June 6, 2017

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky named its new president and CEO. Christie Gillespie, a former United Way Vice President, replaces outgoing CEO Betty Cockrum.

 

Gillespie said this to WFYI:

“Reproductive health is a top conversation right now, there’s a lot of debate and I think there are real possibilities that we may regress.”

 

We’re not really sure what Gillespie means by “regress.” Perhaps abortion numbers will continue to decline in Indiana? Maybe more women will choose life? More will find health care at places that offer a wider range of services? Is that really “regressing?”

 

Friends, you can rest assured that we will continue to closely monitor Planned Parenthood. After all, Planned Parenthood is Indiana’s biggest abortion business, aborting around 5,000 Hoosier babies each year.

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Against Parental Rights Law

May 19, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – Yesterday Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the American Civil Liberties Union sued against Indiana’s new parental rights law. The law, set to take effect July 1, gives parents more rights if their minor daughter seeks an abortion.
“This law highlights the important role that parents have in the health of their young daughter,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood claims abortion is a ‘women’s right,’ but this rhetoric forgets we’re talking about young, minor girls. An abortion is not a trivial health decision to be made lightly. Parents deserve to be involved and informed.”
Click here to learn more about the law, signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb, on Apr. 25.

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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Attorney General Hill Appeals Ultrasound Ruling, Defends Dignity for Unborn Law

May 1, 2017

Pro-life Community Pleased Common Sense Law Is Being Defended

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has appealed the Mar. 31 ultrasound ruling by federal judge Tanya Pratt that favored Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky sued the state over the ultrasound provision in the 2016 Dignity for the Unborn law.

Indiana has long required that an ultrasound be done before an abortion, but in 2016 the law was updated to require that the ultrasound be done at least 18-hours before the abortion. Women are already required to received informed consent information at least 18-hours prior to an abortion, so this change aligned the two requirements into the same time frame.

Last month, the co-authors and sponsors of the Dignity for the Unborn law urged Hill to appeal Pratt’s ultrasound ruling in a letter, available here.

“The pro-life community is pleased Attorney General Hill is defending our state’s common sense ultrasound law,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “It’s disappointing that Planned Parenthood turns to activist judges anytime they find an abortion law they don’t like.”

Pratt has a history of siding with the abortion industry. Before the 2016 ban on abortion for the sole reason of the child’s sex, race, national origin or a potential disability could go into effect, Pratt sided with Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union and blocked the law.

When Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against the 18-hour ultrasound law, it admitted it only had ultrasound machines at four of its then-23 locations around the state. In contrast, there are more than 50 ultrasound machines at pregnancy resource centers around the state providing free services to pregnant women. The ultrasound machines at pregnancy resource centers have been purchased by gifts from thousands of Hoosiers who care deeply about women and their health, and who believe women deserve to be truly informed about their pregnancies.

AG Curtis Hill

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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Donnelly Urged to Denounce Lifetime Achievement Award to Abortion CEO

May 1, 2017

Democrats Giving Their Lifetime Achievement Award to Betty Cockrum this Friday

INDIANAPOLIS – The pro-life community is urging Indiana Democratic Senator, Joe Donnelly, to denounce his party giving their Lifetime Achievement Award to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s outgoing CEO, Betty Cockrum. Donnelly, who seeks re-election in 2018, is a Roman Catholic who has long-claimed to be pro-life, despite frequent blocking of many pro-life legislative measures. The Indiana Democratic Party plans to give the award to Cockrum at Friday’s Hoosier Hospitality Dinner in Indianapolis.

Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life issued the following statement:

“Will Sen. Donnelly denounce his party’s Lifetime Achievement Award going to an individual who has overseen the destruction of an estimated 100,000 children? Why should Ms. Cockrum receive a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ when her legacy is the fact that she helped sentence 100,000 children to a lifetime limited to only a few weeks?

“Sen. Donnelly campaigned on being pro-life and has continued to make that claim to his constituents, despite blocking pro-life legislative measures at nearly every opportunity. Sen. Donnelly has tried to play it both ways on abortion. He knows abortion on demand is a losing issue, especially in our state. But his party is tone-deaf and continues to go all-in on abortion. National Democratic Party Committee Chair Tom Perez just demanded that all Democrats desiring party support must give full fidelity to abortion on demand. What will Sen. Donnelly say about abortion as he campaigns to retain his Senate seat in 2018? Will he still be ‘pro-life?’

“Denouncing the Lifetime Achievement Award on Ms. Cockrum is Sen. Donnelly’s way to distance himself from his party’s unwavering allegiance to abortion on demand. Celebrating abortion is offensive and not representative of Hoosier values. The pro-life community is mourning the 100,000 lives ended and mothers negatively affected by abortion during Ms. Cockrum’s 15-year tenure. We ask Sen. Donnelly to join us in remembering these victims exploited by Planned Parenthood instead of honoring Indiana’s leading abortion advocate.”

For more information on Cockrum’s legacy of political losses in Indiana and her oversight of an estimated 100,000 abortions, click here.

Visit http://p2a.co/XjM0Wp1 to sign our petition to Donnelly, urging him to denounce his party’s award to Cockrum.

Sen. Joe Donnelly

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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