The Fort Wayne Planned Parenthood branch is closing effective today due to what they call years of intimidation and harassment.
Christie Gillespie, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, tells the Journal Gazette, “I’m pretty angry about this. This is not how decent and compassionate people behave. These are actions of harassment and intimidation that are done in the name of faith, religion and Jesus.”
The health center located at 3914 W. Jefferson Blvd. has four employees and doesn’t perform abortions.
Planned Parenthood of Fort Wayne says they had a month-to-month lease, and the landlord wanted a less controversial tenant.
Allen County Right to Life released a statement, saying “We are pleased to see Indiana’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, is closing its doors in Fort Wayne. We believe Planned Parenthood’s closure is due to its dwindling customer base in Indiana and its unpopularity in the greater Fort Wayne community. Planned Parenthood’s accusation that intimidation by Right to Life led to this closure is simply untrue and smacks of an attempt by Planned Parenthood to turn its business woes into a fundraiser.”
According to Planned Parenthood’s own reports, unduplicated patient visits are down 46% over the last 10 years while total patient visits are down 67% over the same time period.