(Louisville, Ky.) - Planned Parenthood affiliates in Indiana and Kentucky will merge.
The organization announced Monday that it will be known as Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky starting July 1.
Planned Parenthood officials say the merger will strengthen services in both states and ensure reproductive health remains accessible and affordable. The non-profit will have 28 health centers across the two states providing services such as pap tests, pregnancy tests, STD testing, breast exams, and birth control.
“The synergies introduced with this merger create a tremendous opportunity to better serve both Indiana and Kentucky through lifesaving preventive health care and honest, accurate education programs,” said Planned Parenthood of Indiana CEO Betty Cockrum.
Cockrum will serve as the CEO of the merged, dual-state organization.
Such mergers are not uncommon. Planned Parenthood once had over 200 nationwide affiliates, but today there are 73. Planned Parenthood of Indiana merged multiple times to become a statewide affiliate in 2004. Louisville and Lexington merged in 2008 to become Planned Parenthood of Kentucky.