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Planned Parenthood of Western New York will merge with Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region, a change intended to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

The merged affiliate’s headquarters will be in Rochester, but Planned Parenthood plans to continue operating its five locations in Western New York and does not anticipate layoffs, said Karen Nelson, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Western New York. The organization has about 100 employees in Western New York.

The organization says it believes a single, merged affiliate serving Western and Central New York “will assure a secure, long term future for the Planned Parenthood mission in our combined service area.” Merging the organizations will also ensure the health centers will be prepared for implementation of the Affordable Care Act and “be able to compete in the rapidly changing marketplace.”