Planned Parenthood in Kentucky-more money, still can't do abortions
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-08-21

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has been going through a roller coaster year. For several years, PPINK has been struggling. According to its most recent government filings, it had a financial loss of $1.7 million in 2016 and another loss of $1.3 million in 2017 (latest year available). At the end of its 2017 fiscal year, it only had about $5 million in cash assets, leaving it very vulnerable if losses continued. Something had to be done. 

The Planned Parenthood Federation came up with what it hopes will be a long-term solution. It made what it called a “special arrangement” between PPINK and Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. In 2017, PPGNWHI showed a $16 million profit and had almost $50 million in cash assets. PPGNWHI would infuse cash into PPINK and PPINK would give control of its operations to the CEO of PPGNWHI. Planned Parenthood refused to use the term “merger” between these two groups located thousands of miles apart, but as things are playing out, that is what it seems to have become. 

In addition to cash flow, one of the major differences between the two organizations is their respective emphasis on abortion. PPGNWHI has 27 clinics and 26 commit abortions (one of its five clinics in Seattle just refers to the other four). PPINK, on the other hand, has 18 clinics and only four commit abortions (zero in Kentucky). Clearly, this was not going to be acceptable to the new CEO.

According to a recent AP news story, “Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is receiving a nearly $1 million funding boost and is adding staffers. . . . The organization has been able to increase salaries for its Indiana and Kentucky jobs while adding 45 positions this year, said Chris Charbonneau, who was CEO of the Seattle-based chapter when the merger was announced and is now also leading the Indianapolis-based affiliate.”

Along with the infusion of money, Charbonneau is trying to expand PPINK’s abortion business into Kentucky. WDRB in Louisville reported this week that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has denied Planned Parenthood's downtown Louisville location a license to perform abortions. PPINK actually did 23 abortions at this site between December 2015 and January 2016, but did not have a license. We are sure that the new CEO will pour money into Louisville politics and Kentucky elections so PP can get the okay to kill babies in Kentucky.

We, at STOPP, are closely watching the situation with a west-coast affiliate of PP trying to change the landscape in two conservative states. We believe this is a trial effort and, if successful, will serve as a guide for attacks on other conservative states across the country.