Businessman Defends Renting to Planned Parenthood: “I’m a Deeply Religious Man and Practicing Catholic”

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 6, 2018   |   1:52PM   |   Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

A Catholic businessman has leased his building to a Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania after its previous landlord kicked it out when it announced plans to begin doing abortions.

The Times Leader reports the new landlord is Thom Greco, a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania businessman who claims to be a deeply religious Catholic.

Greco emphasized that Planned Parenthood will not provide surgical abortions on his property, but he said nothing about drug-induced abortions, an area that Planned Parenthood has been expanding.

For 84 years, the abortion chain has had a facility in Wilkes-Barre, according to the Citizens Voice. It currently rents from Kirby Health Center on Franklin Street. Earlier this year after Planned Parenthood told Kirby that it plans to begin doing abortions in Wilkes-Barre, the Kirby Health Center Board decided not to renew Planned Parenthood’s lease in 2019, according to the reports.

Planned Parenthood announced this week that it found a new home, Greco’s property at 101 N. Main St. The lease for the 2,000-foot space is for five years, he said.

“I am a deeply religious man and practicing Catholic and I believe in protecting the health and well being of women and their families. I do not believe it is my place to dictate my religious belief to others,” Greco told the local news.

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“Although I believe that the decision to end a pregnancy must be left to a woman, her family and her faith, I can share that surgical abortions will not be offered at this site,” he continued.

The Catholic faith of which he claims to profess strongly opposes abortion. The Catholic Church teaches that every human life is valuable from conception to natural death, and abortion is an abhorrent sin.

A local spokeswoman for the abortion chain said they are “thrilled” to move into Greco’s property.

“We are thrilled to share that our doors will stay open and patients in Wilkes-Barre will have uninterrupted access to the basic reproductive health care services they depend on and located just a block away from our current location,” said Planned Parenthood Keystone CEO Melissa Reed.

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 many 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.

The plans to expand abortions should come as no surprise to pro-life advocates. Planned Parenthood CEO Leana Wen told The Guardian in November 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.