Betty Cockrum

A judge’s ruling halting parts of the state’s new anti-abortion law is, in the words of retiring Indiana Planned Parenthood CEO Betty Cockrum, a “fine last hurrah” for her.

Planned Parenthood in Indiana and Kentucky named Christie Gillespie as their new president and CEO Tuesday.

Gillespie has worked for 25 years in nonprofit leadership roles, most recently with the United Way.

Her predecessor, Betty Cockrum, will retire at the end of June, after leading Planned Parenthood for 16 years.

READ MORE: Retiring Planned Parenthood CEO Says Biggest Threat Still From The State

Planned Parenthood Indiana and Kentucky /

As a debate heats up in Washington over the fate of Planned Parenthood, the President of the group’s Indiana and Kentucky affiliate has announced she’s stepping down.


Planned Parenthood will close six of its clinics in Indiana by the end of the year. But it won't affect the availability of abortion services in the state.

The women's health provider will close its Muncie and Terre Haute clinics this month, and merge four others with nearby neighbors.

ACLU of Indiana /

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana’s legal director says the state’s new anti-abortion law “grossly interferes” with a woman’s constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy.  The ACLU filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of Planned Parenthood seeking to strike down the controversial measure.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky / Facebook

Security measures are being reviewed at Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana following the fatal shooting at a Colorado clinic last week.

The Planned Parenthood office in downtown Indianapolis says it’s seen an increase in threats after an anti-abortion group released videos – later determined to be heavily edited -- purporting to show evidence of the sale of fetal tissue.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky says it has been in touch with local police and the FBI.

What's Causing A 20% Drop In Indiana's Abortion Rate

Jul 2, 2015
Alice Harold /

Abortion rates are on the decline  across the country.

A recent Associated Press survey revealed abortion rates on average dropped 12-percent nationally. In Indiana the decline was even more dramatic. 

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Gretchen Frazee reports on what’s likely causing the decline and what that means for young women in Indiana.

Though abortion rights advocates are happy a federal judge has struck down a 2013 Indiana law requiring all abortion clinics to meet the same standards surgical abortion sites must meet, they say they’re still wary about what the 2015 lawmaking session may bring.

Noah Coffey /

Supporters of the new law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges don‘t believe that rulings against similar laws in other states will change anything in Indiana.

The state‘s law requiring doctors who perform abortions to document their admitting privileges at hospitals near the clinics took effect July 1st. But over the last two weeks, similar laws have been put on hold by federal courts in two states.

A federal judge Tuesday halted enforcement of an Indiana law that would impose new requirements on abortion clinics that provide only chemical, and not surgical, abortions. 

The General Assembly passed legislation in 2013 requiring abortion clinics that dispense abortion-inducing drugs to comply with strict surgical facility standards, even if those clinics don’t perform surgical abortions.  The law’s requirements do not extend to the offices of private physicians who administer the drug, so it only affects one existing location – a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette.