Another Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania could be closing after a local news station learned that it is drastically cutting hours and its building is for sale.
WBRE News reports the Planned Parenthood in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania reduced its hours to one day per week, and its CEO refused to say if it is closing. The facility in the Poconos does not perform abortions but it does recommend and refer for them.
The abortion chain has closed five facilities in Pennsylvania since last fall, and more than a dozen in other states this year. An abortion clinic not affiliated with Planned Parenthood also was shut down for health violations in June in Pennsylvania.
The local news speculated that the closures could be related to U.S. Congressional plans to defund the abortion chain of taxpayer dollars; however, Planned Parenthood’s own leaders have said this is not the case.
Melissa Reed, president of Planned Parenthood Keystone, previously the closings in Pennsylvania have nothing to do with federal lawmakers’ plans to defund it.
“It resulted from 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 health centers …” Reed said in a statement in December.
In Stroudsburg, Mayor Tarah Probst is upset that the Planned Parenthood in her community may be closing. She told the local news that she wrote to the White House in defense of the abortion chain.
“It’s almost pathetic to me that this is happening,” Probst said.
But Planned Parenthood could choose very easily to continue receiving tax funding to provide legitimate health care. If it gives up its abortion work, President Donald Trump said he would support an increase in taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood.
The abortion chain refused the offer earlier this year, calling it “obscene and insulting” and making it clear that abortion is its top priority.
Abortion is big business for Planned Parenthood. The abortion group’s annual report shows it performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies in 2015, nearly 5,000 more than the previous year. Planned Parenthood does about one third of all abortions in the U.S.
American Life League reports Planned Parenthood closed 27 facilities in 2016, and its total number of facilities are down by one third. This is despite receiving strong support from the Obama Administration, including nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding annually.
Planned Parenthood also is performing fewer non-abortion services, according to its annual reports from the past several years. From 2010 to 2014, Planned Parenthood reports showed dramatic decreases in the actual health services it provides, including breast cancer screenings, pap tests and STD tests and treatments.
Its abortion numbers, however, have remained fairly steady in the past few years, despite so many of its facilities closing. This and other factors indicate that the abortion chain is concentrating more on its money-making abortion business than ever before.
Abortion clinics in the United States are closing at a record pace as demand for their deadly business declines and abortionists retire, a 2016 Bloomberg analysis found.
Between 2011 and 2015, at least 162 abortion clinics closed or stopped doing abortions; 21 new abortion clinics opened in that same time period, according to the analysis. A report from Operation Rescue also showed 53 abortion clinics closed in 2015 alone.