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November 30, 2012

Area branch quits Planned Parenthood

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Marcus said the local group paid the national organization to be part of the federation and received no funding from it. The bulk of the local group’s funding comes from state and federal sources, she said.

She denied that the organization was under any pressure to split with Planned Parenthood.

“There was no political pressure involved in this at all,” she said. “We have been proud to have been a Planned Parenthood affiliate, but we are choosing to be an independent organization to better focus our limited resources on the needs of our community.”

Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, voted against funding Planned Parenthood in 2011 because it performs abortions. His press representative said Thursday he he would have no comment.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which is based in New York City, in response to email and phone requests for comment, issued a statement Thursday.

“In recent years men, women, and teens in communities across New York and nationwide have increasingly relied on Planned Parenthood for a wide range of core services, from well-woman exams to lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings,” Eric Ferrero, vice president for communications, said in the statement. “In response to these patient needs, Planned Parenthood affiliate leaders decided to offer a consistent set of services at all health centers so that patients can receive essential care wherever they live.

“Within the next couple of years, abortion services will be available in at least one health center per Planned Parenthood affiliate, though not at every health center.”

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