With a new administration and Republican control in the House of Representatives and the Senate, promises to defund Planned Parenthood because of concerns over abortion are closer to a reality, proponents and opponents say.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, as well as a local legislator and a public health professional are vehement in their opposition.
"This fight is about everyone we serve," said Wanda Savala, public affairs manager of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK). "We call on our senators and representatives and we urge our supporters to do the same."
PPINK oversees Northwest Indiana Planned Parenthood centers in Gary, Hammond and Merrillville. The center in Gary is a Title X-funded health center and the Hammond and Merrillville locations are self-sustaining, according to Ali Slocum, director of communications and marketing.