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A Planned Parenthood facility in Scranton, Pennsylvania announced its plans to close its doors. The announcement was made on Wednesday, the day after Donald Trump won the presidency.
The local newspaper, Citizens Voice, said Planned Parenthood will close its Scranton facility on Dec. 1. They reported:
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.
Reed said the Scranton Planned Parenthood closing was part of the abortion provider’s effort to orient more business toward the internet — meaning webcam or so-called telemed abortions. The abortion giant has been refocusing resources on these more lucrative abortions since 2008, which reduces the need for an actual building, utilities, staff, etc. Internet-based abortions also allow PP to reach into more rural areas where clients live a distance from a facility.
“While closing a medical center is always a difficult decision, this particular action will allow us to focus our medical expertise on fast-tracking the development of online health services with the goal of returning to the Scranton community to provide innovative, convenient and quality healthcare in the fall of 2017,” Reed said.
The Scranton Planned Parenthood is one of its 15 sites in eastern Pennsylvania.
Planned Parenthood local leaders said the closure could just be temporary, but the nation's largest abortion provider may find obstacles ahead now with a newly-elected Republican majority in both the U.S. House and Senate, in addition to the new president.
Planned Parenthood has been receiving about a half a billion taxpayer dollars annually. Even with numerous scandals of potentially illegal sales of aborted babies’ body parts, possible Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and reports of the failure to report the sexual abuse of minors, Obama vetoed any bills introduced that would have defunded PP.
Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said in a statement on Wednesday that Catholic Church teaching says “that all life is a gift from God and is sacred.” “As such,” Bishop Bambera said, “it is our fervent hope and prayer that any organization that provides health services does so only in ways that support and respect life at all stages, from conception to natural death.”