Planned Parenthood of IN is closing 5 of its 34 clinics, according to a statement it released to the Associated Press.
The Indianapolis Star has the most details on the closings, which include the Anderson, Franklin, Kokomo, Indianapolis Northwest, and Shelbyville PPs.
Basically PP says that because the state is restructuring the rules in October for $2 million in Federal Title XX grants so that those "receiving these grants [must] limit how much they charge to treat low-income patients," the profit margin for those 5 PPs is gone. And the PP nonmothership is not going to help keep them afloat. According to the article:
"PPIN has made the decision that many of our sites must now become fully self-sustaining, or independent, because of the restrictions placed on the funding," the statement read.
Sidebar: None of the closing clinics commit abortions, athough they all provide "abortion referral" and the morning-after pill. And neither of the 2 IN PPs exposed as part of last year's undercover sting by Lila Rose and LiveAction.org (here and here) are on the list.
Recall PPIN was the 1st to offer gift certificates last Christmas, so it has already demonstrated underachieving marketing skills.
[HT: reader Susie A.; PP gift certificate graphic via Citizen Link]
Tighten the belt. This is good news.Posted by: xppc at September 8, 2009 10:59 AM
Another point. Do you know what kind of inkspot an abortion job creates on a resume? Not good.Posted by: xppc at September 8, 2009 11:02 AM
Do you know what kind of inkspot an abortion job creates on a resume? Not good.
Posted by: xppc at September 8, 2009 11:02 AM
I suppose one would be dooming one's self to a lifetime of pro-abort work. What a gruesome prospect that would be.Posted by: Janet at September 8, 2009 12:38 PM
So here is rationing by the government on something as essential as "reproductive healthcare".
We keep warning people that Obamacare will result in rationing, but we're labeled as a mob. Yet here's the proof, albeit on a much smaller scale.
Can PP bring themselves to say "rationing" instead of "the state is restructuring the rules"?Posted by: carder at September 8, 2009 12:42 PM
Here's the truth about PP Indiana.
The Northwest Clinic is closing, not because of the Title X money but because their abortion clinic is only 0.8 miles away. They are consolidating the two. The abortion clinic is not that old, and they have succeeded in preventing the sidewalk counselors from seeing the clinic, let alone helping women. That has been their goal before consolidating the two. How convenient that they can blame that on the Title X money putting in checks to make sure the people that need it get it. You can still get the addresses here to show how close they are: http://www.ppin.org/locations.aspx one is listed as the NW clinic and the other is listed as the Georgetown at 86th street clinic.
The Franklin and Kokomo Clinics just received $38,000 from donations in order to start their "Recession Rx" program.
"Recession Rx helps ensure that unemployed individuals have the opportunity to maintain their reproductive health," said PPIN President and CEO Betty Cockrum. "In order to qualify for this initiative, patients are asked to show a layoff notice or explain their circumstances to Planned Parenthood staff. However, we don't want anyone who lacks unemployment documentation to hesitate to come into participating health centers. The goal of this program is to reduce the barriers to health care, not add new ones."
Notice the part about people who don't have documentation should still come in. That is so they can charge those people - with the new title X policies they will not be allowed to overcharge. This would make the Recession Rx program not profitable.
I'm still looking into the Franklin and Shelbyville clinics. I do know that Franklin and Shelbyville are small towns with less than 20,000 people in them and both have over 95% white people living there.
Kokomo closing is the one that is actually the surprise. There are 4 'hub' colleges there. Indiana university, Indiana Wesleyan, Ivy Tech, and Purdue college of Technology all have campuses there. I'm going to be watching Kokomo in the next months/year to see if they actually have plans to build a mega clinic there. However, the abortion clinic on the NW side of Indianapolis is only about 40 miles away so it isn't too inconvenient as it is a straight drive on 31 to the Georgetown Clinic.Posted by: Valerie Jane at September 8, 2009 1:05 PM
Being from Indiana, I say 5 down 29 to go! As my pastor says, how do you eat an elephant...one bite at a time.Posted by: kmann at September 8, 2009 3:43 PM
Yeah, being from the Indianapolis area, I saw it on the local morning news, but it looks like someone beat me to it.Posted by: Rachael C. at September 8, 2009 8:20 PM
TX is a family planning program - of course it provides emergency contraception as well as birth control pills, IUD's etc... after the mandated abstinence counseling, of course. Many of the recipients are married already, with children. So I assume the above writers' problems are with the idea of TX, as a whole, as well as PP.
TX is known to be a huge waste of taxpayer money - not in the services provided but because of the ridiculous, non-evidence based guidelines (colorectal cancer screening starting at 40, hemoglobin every visit, pelvic exam every 6 months).Posted by: sharon at September 8, 2009 11:31 PM
The story on PP was featured again this morning on Fox 59 morning news. This time, in addition to announcing the closings, focused on that patients would no longer be able to receive health services at PP and the difficulty it would cause for many individuals and then briefly interviewed individuals who received services at PP and were upset with the closings.Posted by: Rachael C. at September 9, 2009 7:17 AM
Ok, the story and video can be found at: fox59.com/wxin-planned-parenthood-clinics-closing-090809,0,368102.story (add http://www. to make this a valid link)Posted by: Rachael C. at September 9, 2009 7:36 AM
I suppose one would be dooming one's self to a lifetime of pro-abort work. What a gruesome prospect that would be.
Posted by: Janet at September 8, 2009 12:38 PM
I imagine there are some pro-life groups who, after careful consideration, would hire a convert from PP or other abortion facilities.
Posted by: MaryRose
at September 9, 2009 12:30 PM
but as far as working in your average OB's office, forget about it.
If they dispense the chemical abortifacient commonly referred to as "the morning after pill," the do, in fact, "commit abortions."
Not surgical abortions, granted; but chemical abortions, yes.
For more on chemical abortions, read "Dead babies who don't count..."Posted by: Tim Bayly at September 10, 2009 9:16 AM