Fort Wayne reacts to closed clinic - ABC21: Your Weather Authority

Fort Wayne reacts to closed clinic

Posted: Updated:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) — The mood among supporters outside Planned Parenthood Monday, was one of frustration, now that the doors are closed. 

"I feel fearful for other women as well as the right to myself, my friends and my family, just everyone both men and women," said a supporter at the rally. 

Earlier in the day Planned Parenthood's local President Christie Gillespie gathered the media to announce the shutdown, saying "It is solely because of intimidation and harassment that we are forced to close today."

One thing she points to specifically, is Allen County right to life executive director Cathie Humbarger's Facebook posts.  
One saying, "We don't want local BND realtors helping planned parenthood."

Urging people to call the real estate office, as the clinic tried to find a new retail space. 

ABC 21 went to Humbarger's office to ask her about the allegations of intimidation, we asked her if she would comment on the situation she says she sticks to her earlier comment even after we showed her the Facebook posts she made nearly a year ago.

That statement says, "We do not practice or condone intimidation. All activities that we sponsor are lawful. We consider this closing a victory for unborn boys and girls."

David Nugent, a partner at BND says,"It was completely ineffective. I think I got 2 phone calls pro and 2 phone calls con."

He calls Humbarger's Facebook post urging people to call his office, childish  and distasteful. 

"I personally was offended by it because the person who posted that didn't have the integrity to call me and discuss the matter with me."

A sign on the door refers patients to the Elkhart and Mishawaka locations.

During planned parenthood's 81-years of business in Allen County, it has never provided an abortion.

Powered by Frankly