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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) is standing with members of the clergy who oppose House Bill 149 and Senate Bill 8, which would seek to punish anyone wishing to provide honest all-options pregnancy counseling if they receive public funding.

"These laws violate the sanctity of the clergy and parishioner relationship by restricting faith leaders' ability to offer complete and truthful counseling to their congregations," said Tamarra Wieder, Director of External Affairs with PPINK. "These gag rules have far-sweeping implications for many people and organizations in the Commonwealth and will create a more hostile environment for comprehensive reproductive health care."

The press conference will take place on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Douglass Blvd Christian Church at 2005 Douglass Blvd in Louisville and speakers will include Derek Penwell, Senior Minister of Douglass Blvd Christian Church; Tamarra Wieder; and Marcie Crim, Executive Director of the Kentucky Health Justice Network.


Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) provides high-quality health care to more than 51,000 men and women each year at our health centers across two states. Our centers are staffed by skilled clinicians and highly trained health care professionals. 93% of our nonprofit’s services are preventive in nature and include Pap tests, breast and testicular cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment, and annual wellness exams. Through the Sara and Albert Reuben Partners in Health Education initiative, PPINK also provides sexuality and reproductive health education programs, equipping people to make responsible decisions so that families thrive in Indiana and Kentucky.


PPINK’s doors are open to all who need care and we provide our services in a confidential, compassionate and non-judgmental manner. We accept Medicaid and insurance.


Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc.


Ali Slocum

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February 08, 2017