INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Planned Parenthood's Indiana and Kentucky affiliate is entering into an alliance with the organization's chapter that operates clinics in Hawaii and three Western states.
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands announced Friday that it will become the parent organization of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.
Chris Charbonneau is the CEO of the Seattle-based group that operates clinics in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho and western Washington. She'll also become the Indianapolis-based group's CEO.
Charbonneau says the Western affiliate of Planned Parenthood is well-funded and can help reduce costs of providing health care in Indiana and Kentucky. Charbonneau says the arrangement will also help fund legal challenges to abortion restrictions in the two states.
The alliance will officially begin Saturday. The Indiana and Kentucky affiliates merged about six years ago.