By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
For some time now, Planned Parenthood has denied performing abortions at its facility in Wilkes-Barre, in northeastern Pennsylvania. But recently, the center has been added to the Pennsylvania Health Department list of abortion facilities in Pennsylvania. (The total list of free-standing abortion centers numbers 18, but two are listed as closed.)
The “Patient Care Survey Data” provides the health inspection results for the center. This inspection report indicates that state health regulators surveyed the facility on January 13th and January 29th. The survey included “telemedicine abortion administration.”
The status of the Planned Parenthood Keystone in Wilkes-Barre reads “open.”
It is a massive tragedy when a facility begins performing abortions in a community. Whether abortions are currently being performed in Wilkes-Barre or the facility is now gearing up to perform them, this is a devastating development in an area so dedicated to preserving innocent human life.
Tele-abortions can be particularly traumatic and dangerous for women. The abortionist is not physically present but is only available via an electronic screen. The woman takes the first of two abortion pills in the Planned Parenthood facility but takes the second at home. There, she is left to deal with the abortion of her baby alone, coming face-to-face with the baby’s remains. What a horrible experience for any woman to go through.
This is also why it is important for the Pennsylvania Senate to approve the House-passed version of Senate Bill 857, which deals with telemedicine. The House version includes an important amendment banning the telemedicine distribution of dangerous drugs, such as the abortion pill RU-486. The revised bill is now before the state Senate.
Troubling, too, is a line item in pro-abortion Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget which would earmark $3 million for access to “reproductive health care”—code language for Planned Parenthood. Administration officials claim that the money will not be used for abortion, but it could certainly help shore up Pennsylvania’s abortion industry.
The Pennsylvania health inspection report clearly shows that the aim of Planned Parenthood is to perform abortions—not to reduce them. At a time when so many Americans want restrictions on abortion, Planned Parenthood is once again demonstrating that it places money—the money derived from abortions—over the well-being of members of the human race.