Planned Parenthood closes Indiana center, citing harassment

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Planned Parenthood has closed its health center in Indiana’s second-largest city, blaming what it called years of growing intimidation and harassment of the center’s staff by antiabortion activists.

The Fort Wayne health center did not perform abortion procedures. It provided birth control options; sexually transmitted disease testing; and early diagnosis of cervical, testicular, and breast cancer, said Christie Gillespie, the president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

A sign on the clinic’s door Monday said it was permanently closed and directed patients to Planned Parenthood sites in Elkhart and Mishawaka, cities roughly a two-hour drive from Fort Wayne.


Gillespie said the closure means the Fort Wayne area has lost a trusted health care provider. She said she’s ‘‘pretty angry’’ about the intimidation and harassment, which she said goes far beyond picketing outside of the health center.