In December 2010 Planned Parenthood ordered all its affiliates to begin offering abortions at a minimum of one clinic location by the beginning of 2013.
At the time the number of Planned Parenthood affiliates stood at 87, far below their all-time high of 200+. That number has now now shrunken further to 73 with the news earlier this week that Planned Parenthood of Kentucky was merging with Planned Parenthood of Indiana to create the too cute acronym, PPINK.
But Planned Parenthood’s flowery explanation for the merge masked the real reason, according to Jim Sedlak of American Life League’s STOPP in an email to me.
There is an overriding factor that is not mentioned in the article.
At the beginning of 2013, there were six Planned Parenthood affiliates that had not adhered to the Federation’s demand that every affiliate have at least one clinic that does surgical or medical abortions.
The six were:
Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma
Planned Parenthood of Kentucky
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey
Planned Parenthood of North Florida
Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey
Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan
With the merger, now there are only five.
The combined organization will “allow us to to better address the sadly unmet need for family-planning services throughout Kentucky,” said Kim Greene [pictured above], chairwoman of the PPKY board.
All 28 of the health centers will continue to offer preventive health care services…. The four Indiana centers that perform abortions will continue to do so…. The Kentucky centers do not perform abortions.
Certainly, many of PP’s 14 mergers of the past two years have been for the same reason. Planned Parenthood wants to keep those lucrative abortions in-house. But at least two affiliates have chosen to part company with the abortion giant rather than be forced to commit abortions – Planned Parenthood South Texas and Planned Parenthood of South Central New York.
I just checked, and to date none of the remaining five affiliates yet offer abortions. So look for more merges.
In a side note, Indiana Right to Life CEO Mike Fichter believes “the 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.”