Planned Parenthood closes Fort Wayne center, citing harassment

Planned Parenthood has closed its health center in Indiana’s second-largest city, blaming intimidation and harassment by supporters of a local anti-abortion group.

Planned Parenthood said it closed its Fort Wayne health center Monday following growing harassment and intimidation of the center’s staff that it blamed on supporters of Allen County Right to Life.

The now-shuttered Fort Wayne center did not perform abortions.

Cathie Humbarger is executive director of Allen County Right to Life. She tells WANE-TV the group doesn’t “practice or condone intimidation.”

Christie Gillespie is Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s president and CEO. She told The Journal Gazette she’s “pretty angry” about the intimidation she says included a mailer with the name, photo and home address of a nurse practitioner, and the message “there are killers among us.”

PPINK and its supporters announced a rally would take place at 6 p.m. Monday at the Fort Wayne health center.

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