A Planned Parenthood facility is finally closing its doors after 84 years of operation in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Last week, the Planned Parenthood received a letter from the Kirby Health Center stating that its lease is up at the end of the year and will not be renewed, according to The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre.
Casey Roncoroni, a spokesperson for the abortion chain, said the closure was “quite the surprise,” and Planned Parenthood is now “actively searching for a new location” in Wilkes-Barre.
Kirby Health Center’s attorney and vice president of the board Brian Caverly fielded questions about the Planned Parenthood closure. When asked why the center did not intend to renew the lease, Caverly said: “All I can tell you is we are simply exercising the legal rights we have under the lease and under the circumstances. That’s really all I can say.”
The Wilkes-Barre Planned Parenthood has offered abortion referrals, birth control, LGBT services, the morning-after pill and more for the past 84 years, according to the report.
Statistics show that nearly 42 abortions are performed per day at Planned Parenthood facilities in Pennsylvania, which totals half of the 30,000-plus statewide abortions every year.
In reaction to the news, the Pennsylvania Family Institute noted that the abortion chain has closed a number of its non-abortion “feeder” facilities in the past several years.
“As a result, Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania is seeing fewer patients and have declining overall services yet their abortion totals remain steady, continuing to cover half of all abortions in the state,” the pro-life group noted.
While officials may not be able to publicize why exactly Planned Parenthood is being booted, there is a history of failure for Pennsylvanian abortion facilities. Since 2017, several surgical abortion locations in Pennsylvania have failed 14 out of 30 of their health inspections. These failures included no registered nurse in the recovery room, expired surgical materials, lack of reporting child sex abuse, improper storage of aborted babies, a lack of anesthesia services procedures and no background checks on employees.
As Election Day draws near, there is an opportunity for pro-abortion Gov. Tom Wolf and pro-abortion U.S. Sen. Bob Casey to be unseated in Pennsylvania. Regardless of the outcome, clinic closures such as the one in Wilkes-Barre may signal a change in attitude toward abortion in Pennsylvania.