- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 21, 2016

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) is closing six clinics in Indiana over the next six months that do not perform abortions.

Indiana Right to Life President Mike Fichter said the centers that do not perform abortions “simply don’t generate the profit that Planned Parenthood demands of its affiliates.”

“Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has never closed a facility that does abortions,” Mr. Fichter said in a statement. “Abortions are their moneymaker.”

PPINK said it will consolidate four clinics and close two others in Indiana this year. Including those that are closing or have closed, there are 23 Planned Parenthood clinics in the state.

Clinics in Scott County and Vigo County, neither of which performed abortions, already have shuttered.

A clinic in Valparaiso merged with another in Merrillville on Thursday. The Planned Parenthood facility in Fishers is consolidating with the Indianapolis East Side clinic on July 26. The Avon affiliate is merging with the Indianapolis South Side clinic on Aug. 30. And the East Chicago clinic is consolidating with the clinic in Gary, Indiana, on Dec. 15.

None of the consolidating clinics performs abortions.

Chapter President Betty Cockrum said the closures and mergers are due to a lack of patients.

“While we would much prefer adding locations rather than reducing our number, we recognize that our patients will be better served if we introduce efficiencies that serve our mission for the long term,” Ms. Cockrum said in a statement. “As a nonprofit, we have a responsibility to our patients, our staff and our stakeholders to use our resources wisely.”

Despite the drop-off in patients, PPINK hauled in revenues of $15.7 million in its last annual report.

Mr. Fichter said the move shows that “Planned Parenthood exists because of abortions,” not broader claims to women’s health.

“If Planned Parenthood truly cared about the women they serve, they would use their $15.7 [million] annual revenue to keep their doors open in small communities and around the state,” Mr. Fichter said. “In reality, Planned Parenthood knows its main profits come from abortions, when it ends the beating hearts of little boys and girls.”

Statistics show declining patient numbers at Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide. Patient visits dropped from 3 million to 2.5 million from 2012 to 2014.

Despite declines in patients amid increases in revenue, Planned Parenthood consistently claims that abortions constitute only 3 percent of its overall activities.

Federal funding also continues to rise to the nation’s largest abortion provider, increasing by 4.8 percent in the latest annual report.

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