PPIL Out-of-State Patients has increased 800% at the Champaign Health Center near the Indiana Border: Half are Hoosiers
CHICAGO - Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) welcomes out-of-state patients as Indiana’s ban on most abortions goes into effect today, August 1, 2023. Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, PPIL’s Champaign Health Center, near the Indiana border, has experienced an 800% increase of abortion patients from out of state with 50% of those patients coming from Indiana.
“It’s tragic that Indiana is again imposing a draconian abortion ban and denying Hoosiers access to the health care they need and deserve,” said Jennifer Welch, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. “Abortion care in Illinois remains legal and we have already seen a dramatic increase in abortion and gender-affirming patients traveling from Indiana. We have a team of navigators working closely with patients and the Hoosier Abortion Fund to help people, forced to travel, receive the health care they can no longer access where they live.”
PPIL anticipated Indiana losing abortion access and took active steps to prepare for an increase in patient care. In 2022, when Indiana’s General Assembly first implemented an abortion ban, PPIL announced it had expanded abortion care options at the Champaign Health center. Previously, in 2018, PPIL opened a new health center in Flossmoor near the Indiana border in anticipation of abortion and gender-affirming care being limited for Indiana residents.
PPIL has increased abortion care across the state, including medication abortion and procedural abortion, by 54% compared to the previous year. PPIL continues to offer abortion care at health centers close to the Indiana border such as Flossmoor and Champaign and at all 16 of its health centers across Illinois and through telehealth.
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Mary Jane Maharry