planned parenthoodPlanned Parenthood has moved its clinic to a new location in downtown Louisville, opening last Friday in a larger, renovated space that they hope will accommodate more patients.

The previous clinic on South Second Street served 2,810 unique patients in 2015, but Maureen Manier of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said with a new, larger space on South Seventh Street just south of Broadway, they hope to increase that number to 4,000 over the next several years, ultimately doubling the number of patient visits in the long term.

“The new place was identified as more convenient for clients,” said Manier, who added that the new clinic has a much larger fenced-in parking lot. “It really was about accommodating patients better, and there’s been a very positive response so far.”

Among the services offered at the Planned Parenthood clinic are women’s health checkups, breast exams, cervical cancer screening, STD testing, birth control and emergency contraception. Just as the case was with their previous location, the clinic does not provide abortion services besides referrals, and Manier said they have no immediate plans to begin doing so.

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Joe Sonka
Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]