Anti-abortion Activists Pray In Front Of Planned Parenthood
WILKES-BARRE — Anti-abortion activists prayed and held a sign reading, “Defund Planned Parenthood” Friday morning in front of Planned Parenthood at 63 N. Franklin St. They will continue to pray next year on the first Friday of the month and during “40 Days For Life” that begins on Ash Wednesday in front of Planned Parenthood’s new location at 101 N. Main St. in Wilkes-Barre.
While no surgical abortions will be done at the new location, anti-abortion activist Ada Magni of West Wyoming said they are opposed to Planned Parenthood referring women to Allentown for abortions and offering the morning after pill.
“We obviously want to stop abortion and one of the ways we could do this is hopefully by closing all Planned Parenthood locations, which are being funded by federal tax dollars,” Magni said.
Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care, will relocate to 101 N. Main St., which is owned by Thom Greco, in January. The relocation comes after the Angeline Kirby Health Center Board decided not to renew its lease at 63. N. Franklin St. after 84 years.
According to Planned Parenthood, the organization will continue to offer a number of services at the new location including birth control, HIV testing, LGBT services, women’s and men’s health care, Pap smears, breast exams, postpartum exams, cervical cancer screening, pregnancy testing and services, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, adoption, prenatal and menopausal services, testing and treat for urinary tract infections and vaccines and the morning after pill.
“At the new location, we’ll continue to pray there and raise community awareness so that people know that they refer women for abortions. That’s still killing the unborn,” Magni said.
Magni was joined by anti-abortion activists Patrick Umbra and Mike Partika, who also prayed.
The group recently prayed on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre as another group held a rally to support Planned Parenthood.
Kara Dooner, who organized the rally, said she is thrilled that Planned Parenthood will stay in Wilkes-Barre and offer services.
She said she thought the rally “really sent out a really great message” and brought awareness to the area about the “importance of Planned Parenthood.”