By Associated Press - Saturday, August 22, 2015

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - Planned Parenthood has dropped its plan to expand to Kearney and other parts of central Nebraska, a spokeswoman said.

“The goal right now is to stabilize the organization as we wait to see how the organization will change with our new CEO Suzanna M. de Baca,” organization spokeswoman Angie Remington told the Kearney Hub (https://bit.ly/1ELp3sI ). “As of right now, there are no plans to expand in central Nebraska or in Kearney. But six months to a few years from now, that could change.”

The organization had announced in 2011 that it would open a location in Kearney and possibly several other Nebraska communities, including Fremont, North Platte, Hastings, Norfolk and Grand Island.



The expansion was to be part of an $11.5 million capital campaign for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which operates clinics in Nebraska and Iowa. The group has commitments of $7 million, but recent woes may keep it from reaching its goal by the 2016 deadline, officials said.

The group has been the subject of renewed criticism since the release last month of undercover videos showing officials discussing aborted fetal organs it provides for research.

Planned Parenthood has said allegations it profits from the practice are fabricated accusations from abortion opponents.

Planned Parenthood currently has Nebraska locations in Omaha and Lincoln.

The organization provides a variety of reproductive health care services, including abortions at some locations. It says it served 9,139 women and men in Nebraska from July 2013 through June 2014. During that time, it recorded 19,921 patient appointments related to contraception and performed nearly 13,702 sexually transmitted infection tests.

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Information from: Kearney Hub, https://www.kearneyhub.com/

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