A Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania is looking for a new building after its landlord decided not to renew its lease next year.
For 84 years, the abortion chain has run a facility in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, according to the Citizens Voice. It rents from Kirby Health Center on Franklin Street.
However, the situation changed earlier this year when Planned Parenthood told Kirby that it may begin doing abortions at the Wilkes-Barre facility, PennLive reports. Until now, the facility only has offered abortion referrals.
Troubled by the news of abortions in their community, the Kirby Health Center Board recently decided not to renew Planned Parenthood’s lease in 2019, according to the reports.
The abortion giant now must look for another location.
Following the news, pro-life advocates and abortion activists both held protests Saturday in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the report states.
Abortion activists claimed Planned Parenthood is an essential women’s health care provider in their community, but pro-life advocates said there is nothing healthy about killing unborn babies.
“What the women of Wilkes-Barre need is compassionate, holistic care—not a cold-hearted offer to end the lives of their innocent babies,” said Maria V. Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.
Planned Parenthood aborts more unborn babies than any other group in Pennsylvania – about 42 per day, on average. Its facilities do not have a good safety reputation either. Research by the Pennsylvania Family Institute found that Planned Parenthood failed almost half of its state health inspections in the past year.
The abortion chain also is far from the only health care option for low-income women. Community health centers provide far more health services than Planned Parenthood — including vital services like prenatal care and mammograms, and they outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by more than 20 to one in America.
Gallagher said empowering women with real health care and other means of support is where the true focus should be.
“Pregnant women need support for themselves and their children. We need to empower women—not leave them to grieve children lost to abortion,” she said.
Wilkes-Barre pro-life advocate Ada Magni said they have been praying for years that the Planned Parenthood facility would close.
“Thank God their lease has been revoked by the Kirby Health Center Board and we’re very grateful for that,” she told the local newspaper.
“They kill unborn babies,” Magni continued. “We don’t want an abortion clinic in Wilkes-Barre. We will continue to pray for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and for the closing of every abortion clinic in the nation.”
The plans to expand abortions should come as no surprise to pro-life advocates. Planned Parenthood CEO Leana Wen told The Guardian earlier this month that she wants to see the abortion business grow.
“There is huge unmet need across our country, and it is our moral imperative to provide care for all those who need us,” Wen said. “I plan to expand our services, and expand our reach.”
Planned Parenthood also has been caught giving out awards to facilities for doing more abortions.