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Merrillville Planned Parenthood is Resuming Abortions

by | Aug 1, 2017

Was second busiest abortion facility in Indiana in 2016

Editor’s note. The Merrillville Planned Parenthood facility is resuming abortions after complying with Indiana’s hospital admitting privilege law by finding a local doctor willing to serve as back-up in case of medical emergencies. (State law prohibits the Indiana State Department of Health from releasing the back-up doctor’s name by state law.)

The following statement comes from Mike Fichter, Indiana Right to Life President and CEO.

“We are disappointed to learn a doctor in the Merrillville area is willing to prop up Planned Parenthood’s abortion business by serving as a state-required back-up physician with admitting privileges. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s annual reports show all procedure categories are declining except abortion, so we’re not surprised Planned Parenthood would quickly find a back-up doctor to protect its lucrative abortion business. In 2016, Merrillville’s Planned Parenthood was the second busiest abortion facility in the state, doing 1,278 abortions.

“Indiana Right to Life is pleased the Indiana State Department of Health made sure the state’s admitting privilege law was being followed, and we expect them to continue doing so at Indiana’s six licensed abortion facilities. Hospital admitting privilege laws exist to ensure a woman facing a medical crisis is aided in the most expedient manner possible. Indiana Right to Life will continue to advocate for life-saving laws. We will also remain vigilant to ensure state laws are being followed by every member of the abortion industry.”

Indiana Right to Life’s July 24 press release explains the background to why Merrillville Planned Parenthood was temporarily forced to suspend performing abortions.

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