FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Protesters lined the sidewalks outside Fort Wayne’s new Planned Parenthood location Friday morning.
After shutting down in 2018, Planned Parenthood has reopened in Fort Wayne in a building on Lake Avenue.
On-site services include preventive care, HIV and other STD testing, birth control and general health care.
It also offers UTI testing, UTI treatment, men’s health services, and transgender services.
The new office does not provide abortion services — nor did the previous location — though the organization’s website notes that it can offer referrals to patients.
One protester said she found out about the new Fort Wayne location Thursday night around 8 p.m., and she knew she had to be outside the facility first thing in the morning.
“Although we know this facility does not directly babies, they are referring them to other centers to have their babies killed. We are not ok with that,” Planned Parenthood protester Lisbeth McCulfor said.
“We love pre-born babies, and we love the women. So we want to offer help to those women who feel like for whatever reason they need that abortion.”
Fort Wayne’s NBC News reached out to Northeast Indiana’s congressman, Rep. Jim Banks, about the new location.
“Fort Wayne already has four very capable women’s health clinics that aren’t affiliated with the largest abortion provider in the nation,” Banks said in an emailed statement.
Area Service Director for Planned Parenthood Annjeanette Bottoms says she wasn’t surprised to see protesters on the property. She says they are entitled to their opinion, but the facility isn’t going anywhere.
“Our community needs us, and that’s why we’re here,” Bottoms said.
“Whatever our patients need from us is how we’re going to accommodate them, no matter what anybody else thinks. If that’s what they need, that’s what we’re here for.”