By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
What a difference a year makes.
Back in 2019, Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania recorded 0 abortions.
In 2020, according to statistics just released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the county on the east bank of the Susquehanna River reported some 503 abortions.
Zero to more than 500, in the course of a single year. Luzerne County went from being abortion-free to becoming an abortion mecca, courtesy of a Planned Parenthood providing chemical abortions in Wilkes-Barre.
When you think about it, it’s truly astounding. 503 precious babies lost their lives—babies who could have grown up to become doctors and dentists, teachers and tradesmen, artists and airplane pilots.
And then there are the hundreds of mothers left behind to grieve the children lost to abortion. Where are they now? What trauma have they experienced as a result of their abortions? Has anyone heard their muffled cries, triggered by the pain of their searing grief?
And what of the fathers, who may or may not have been involved in the abortion decision. Who is ministering to the holes in their hearts as a result of lost fatherhood?
Abortion is no small matter—it is a matter of life and death. The landscape of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania has been forever changed as a result of the abortion industry plying its gruesome trade.
And it’s not just that 2020 changed Luzerne County. 2025 will also be quite different, since there will be 503 kindergarteners missing from classrooms. And 2038 will be missing 503 high school graduates as a result of the scourge of abortion. Meanwhile, the world of 2042 will be missing 503 individuals—workers, mothers, fathers—all because Planned Parenthood launched a chemical abortion spree in Luzerne County in 2020.
This is a story of just one county among 67 counties in Pennsylvania. One county where an abortion business was launched. The repercussions of that event will haunt that county, and our Commonwealth, for decades to come.