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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Leaders of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky say due to intimidation, harassment of patients, providers, and supporters of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky ( PPINK ) that it will be closing its Fort Wayne heath center.
Protestors from Allen County Right to Life (ACRL) and others in the Fort Wayne community have been at the intersection of Illinois Road and West Jefferson to protest abortion practices, but the clinic does not provide abortion services.
"More people in Fort Wayne have lost access to a trusted healthcare provider in an area of the state that desperately is in need of healthcare services provided by Planned Parenthood," Christie Gillespie President and CEO of PPINK said.
What this means for Fort Wayne residents is no more pep checks, no more breast exams, and no more STD testing.
In a press conference Monday afternoon after servicing their last patient, Gillespie announced this location would be closing it's doors for good.
"This harassment and intimidation goes well beyond the ritual protesting. It includes publicly sharing personal information including home addresses of staff,"she added.
3,000 individual patients were being served a year at the Fort Wayne location and it's dropped to close to 1,600.
Part of a statement released by Allen County Right To Life states:
"We believe planned parenthood's closure is due to its dwindling customer base in indiana and it's unpopularity in the Fort Wayne community."
Gillespie said just because this location is closing doesn't mean they won't be up and running again somewhere else.
"Our supporters know that we provide life saving, high quality health care to the household of hoosiers in the fort wayne community no matter what,"Gillespie explained.
Four people were laid off Monday with this closing, and that the next nearest location is in Mishawaka and Elkhart.