women's health care

Fort Wayne Planned Parenthood Office Shuts Due To Harassment

Jul 11, 2018
ARACELI GOMEZ-ALDANA / WBOI

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky will be closing its Fort Wayne health center.

On Monday, President and CEO Christie Gillespie attributed the closure to intimidation and harassment, beyond the ritual protesting. The harassment included the sharing of personal information like home address of staff.

Each year more than 15,000 women under the age of 55 die of heart disease in the United States. And younger women are twice as likely to die after being hospitalized for a heart attack as men in the same age group.

It doesn't help that women tend to delay seeking emergency care for symptoms of a heart attack such as pain and dizziness, says Judith Lichtman, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. "We've known that for a while," she says.

A disabled woman with serious health problems who successfully challenged Medicare for denying her home health care coverage has racked up another win against the government.