A Planned Parenthood facility in Scranton, Pennsylvania announced on Wednesday its plans to close — just a day after Republican Donald Trump won the presidency.
The facility did not perform abortions, but it did refer patients for them. According to the Citizens Voice, Planned Parenthood plans to close its Scranton facility on Dec. 1.
Here’s more from the newspaper:
The organization made the “difficult strategic decision” to consolidate health services and close the Scranton center “after careful analysis of where our patients live and seek medical care as well as an assessment of how best to ensure the longevity and strength of existing medical centers,” she said.
Ms. Reed said the action will allow Planned Parenthood to focus its medical expertise on fast tracking the development of online health services with the goal of returning to the Scranton community in the fall of 2017.
The local Planned Parenthood leaders said the closure may be temporary, but the abortion chain faces a difficult road ahead after voters elected Republican majorities to the U.S. House and Senate, as well as a Republican president.
Right now, Planned Parenthood receives about half a billion taxpayer dollars every year, despite being the largest abortion provider in the U.S. and despite numerous scandals involving potentially illegal sales of aborted babies’ body parts, possible Medicaid fraud and failures to report sexual abuse of minors. The tax money Planned Parenthood receives is not supposed to be used for abortions, but evidence indicates that some of its abortion facilities are.
Under President Barack Obama’s administration, pro-life legislators attempted to defund Planned Parenthood; however Obama vetoed the bill. With Trump in office and Republicans in control of both houses, legislation to defund the abortion chain could become a reality.
While Trump praised Planned Parenthood for doing “good things,” he also promised that he would sign a bill to defund it as long as it keeps doing abortions.
During a February interview with CBN’s David Brody, Trump said, “There are a lot of women taken care of by Planned Parenthood so we have to remember that but I am for defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they are involved with abortion.”
In September, Trump reiterated his commitment to this in a letter outlining pro-life policy specifics.
“I am committed to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women,” Trump said in the letter.
Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities have been closing in record numbers across the country as states pass life-protecting laws, abortionists retire and more women are empowered to choose life for their babies. With a pro-life political party in control, Americans could see more abortion facilities close in the next few years and more babies and moms protected from the pain of abortion.