FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — New reaction to the news that a Planned Parenthood location returned to Fort Wayne.
Protesters gathered outside the organization’s Lake Avenue building, voicing their opinions and showing graphic images in the process.
“This is our duty as Christians, to stand against what’s happening here,” protester Meg Carlin says.
Fort Wayne members of a Columbus, Ohio-based anti-abortion group called Created Equal protested outside the new Planned Parenthood clinic.
Planned Parenthood closed its Jefferson Boulevard location last year, and like that office, the new facility will not provide abortions.
It also does not offer the so-called “morning after pill” or a pill to chemically terminate a pregnancy.
That doesn’t matter to the protesters.
“Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S. And although we know that this facility does not directly kill babies, they are referring women to other centers to have their babies killed. And we are not okay with that,” protester Lisbeth McCulfor says.
The group found out about the new Planned Parenthood location at eight Thursday evening, and were outside the facility about 12 hours later, holding signs and displaying disturbing images of what they say are aborted fetuses.
“As long as Planned Parenthood keeps killing innocent human beings by abortion, we’re going to be exposing what that looks like. We’re going to be showing pictures of the babies that they abort, showing pictures of the gruesome reality of abortion,” protester Silas McCulfor says.
“What you see is not always the truth, and I will just kind of leave it at that. I would suggest that people just educate themselves on what a termination looks like, and don’t go by pictures that you see that are so graphic,” Planned Parenthood’s Annjeanette Bottoms says.
She says Fort Wayne’s Planned Parenthood does offer judgment-free birth control, annual exams, and testing and treatment for urinary tract and sexually transmitted infections for women, men, and members of the LGBTQ community.
She says Planned Parenthood is used to protesters and while the group was initially on the clinic’s property, they moved to a public space.
“They’re entitled to their opinion, they’re entitled to stay on the sidewalk, and that’s perfectly fine. They’re allowed to speak their minds, but at the end of the day, we’re not going anywhere. We are here for our patients,” she says.
She says since Planned Parenthood owns the building, they’re staying put.
The protesters tell us they will be back soon.
Fort Wayne’s new Planned Parenthood office is in the 2900 block of Lake Avenue, between Beacon Street and Hobson Road.