By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website, and you’ll find a painful reminder of the abortion industry’s efforts to expand abortion in the Keystone State.
Where once 17 abortion facilities were listed, now there are 18. The new listing is for a Planned Parenthood Keystone location in Lancaster, Pennsylvania—an area best known for its sizeable Amish population.
The building housing Planned Parenthood was once home to a Catholic book store. My, have times changed in the heart of Pennsylvania.
But while the center is listed as an abortion facility and its status is “open,” no health surveys or building safety surveys are available on the Pennsylvania DOH website. Moreover, on a Planned Parenthood website, no abortion services are advertised for the Lancaster location (See the website for yourself by clicking here.
A Lancaster Online news report in September said the facility, which planned to offer chemical abortions, would need a transfer agreement with a local hospital should complications arise. It is not known whether this transfer agreement has been secured.
Back in the 1990s, a citizen-led protest effort managed to prevent abortions from being performed in Lancaster. A strong pro-life sentiment still exists in the area, which is known for its bucolic beauty.
It is a traumatic and tragic event when an abortion center opens up in a community that was previously abortion-free. It is a sign that our society has failed women. Rather than providing comprehensive care and support, abortion facilities provide a cold-hearted offer to take the life of an innocent, unrepeatable preborn baby.
If abortions are offered in Lancaster, it will mark a new, melancholy chapter in the history of an area previously distinguished by its lovely landscape. The abortion facility will be a monument to hopelessness, a reminder of the despair of women who have been abandoned by those who should be rallying to their side.