Local/Regional News
2:25 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Planned Parenthood Afilliates In Ky., Indiana To Merge

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The statewide Planned Parenthood affiliates in Kentucky and Indiana will merge next month in a move aimed at expanding reproductive health care services offered by the nonprofit organization in both states.

One goal following the July 1 merger will be to open more clinics in the Bluegrass state, Planned Parenthood executives said Monday.

Kim Greene, who heads the Planned Parenthood of Kentucky board, says the needs for preventive care and early health screenings are acute in Kentucky, which has the nation's second-highest cervical cancer death rate and the seventh-highest teen birth rate.

Planned Parenthood now has one clinic in Louisville and another in Lexington - the state's two largest cities.

Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana will assume the same titles with the bi-state organization, said any additional clinics would likely be opened elsewhere in Kentucky.

The boards of both state Planned Parenthood affiliates have approved the merger.