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Defunding Attacks Inspire Increased Donations to Indiana Planned Parenthood

In Community, media scandal, news, planned parenthood on May 18, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Protesters and supporters alike hold signs at a Planned Parenthood rally. The organization has been under the microscope over the last two years after being accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children.

Read the original story at the Conducive Chronicle.

It’s been nearly two years since Planned Parenthood of Indiana entered a storm of heated controversy and economic hardship that hasn’t quite settled.

The organization was accused of harboring sexual predators in 2008 after undercover videos surfaced showing clinicians allegedly ignoring instances of statutory rape. Less than a year after the videos, the organization lost more than $1 million in federal funding.

“It was like this perfect storm,” says Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana. “Fortunately I tend to become more calm in the eye of the storm.”

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Woman in Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos Responds to My Inquiry

In Economy, media scandal, news, planned parenthood on May 15, 2010 at 12:03 am

Lila Rose is the president of Live Action, a youth organization dedicated to ending abortion. Her undercover videos from within Planned Parenthood clinics have caused controversy across the nation.

I sent an email to Lila Rose, president of the pro-life organization Live Action requesting an interview.  Rose has produced several incriminating undercover videos from within Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.  She is responsible for the videos that surfaced in 2008 from the Bloomington and the Indianapolis clinics.  Rose’s staff responded to my request but have not set a time yet.  They did, however, refer me to several news articles (here, here, and here).  My Planned Parenthood story is FINISHED, and I will have it posted early next week whether or not I can get an interview with Rose.  I think the story needs her input, and I will wait until Monday to see if we have anything scheduled.

Stay tuned.

Updates on Planned Parenthood, Indiana Schools, and Roller Derby

In Community, economic meltdown, Economy, media scandal, planned parenthood, Roller Derby, Schools on May 12, 2010 at 2:08 am

Hello all,

I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated.  I’ve been continuing my research on both the Indiana public schools and Planned Parenthood of Indiana.  I’ve also been attending regular practices with the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls (our local roller derby team) for the upcoming cover story in HELEN magazine.

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An interview with Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana

In economic meltdown, media scandal, news, planned parenthood on April 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Tomorrow (Monday) I have a meeting with Betty Cockrum.  I tried a year and a half ago to meet with her but was refused because of her busy schedule.  That’s okay.  Now that we’re finally meeting up, I’ve tried to brainstorm some questions that I feel are highly pressing.

The story itself is an examination of how Planned Parenthood of Indiana has managed the last two years.  2008 brought a slew of unwelcome events, including the economic downfall and unbelievable media scandals.  How have these things impacted and changed one of the nation’s biggest (and most controversial) reproductive health care providers?

I’d also like to get Betty’s memories of the week when two scandalous videos emerged showing Planned Parenthood of Indiana employees conducting illegal and unethical consult meetings with a woman posing as a 13-year-old girl impregnated by her 30-year-old boyfriend.  How did she react?  What did she feel?  Were the videos fair?  How did PPIN protect its reputation, and how have employees improved their conduct?

What other questions do you have?