Lancaster officials push back against new Planned Parenthood facility

Planned Parenthood, medicaid, Albuquerque, Lancaster

The opening of a new Planned Parenthood in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is drawing the ire of several county commissioners, who say that there may be ramifications for any hospital that partners with the abortion facility.

Planned Parenthood Keystone plans to open its new abortion facility at 902 Manor Street in Lancaster later this month. According to Lancaster Online, the facility will focus primarily on offering chemical abortions via the abortion pill.

The city’s mayor, Danene Sorace, has voiced her support, saying, “Access to affordable, reproductive health services is fundamental to women’s health. Planned Parenthood has been a long-standing provider of these services in Lancaster, and I welcome them back in their new location,” Sorace said.

However, not everyone in city leadership is pleased with the new facility. County Commissioner Josh Parsons has threatened to re-evaluate relationships with any hospital that partners with the new abortion facility.


“The vast majority of the citizens of Lancaster County, myself included, are opposed to Planned Parenthood’s stated mission to bring abortion on demand to Lancaster County,” he wrote in a September 8 Facebook post. “Any hospital cooperating with them in this mission would be not only acting against the wishes of this majority of citizens, but also acting in opposition to the fundamentals of the hippocratic oath – do no harm. I would anticipate any hospital doing so will see many people and organizations, including Lancaster County government, reevaluate relationships they have with such an organization.”

READ: Pennsylvania abortions are on the rise, along with complications

Pennsylvania law requires that all abortion facilities have a “transfer agreement” with a hospital located within 30 minutes of the facility, in order to quickly transport women should any injuries occur — and botched abortions occur far more often than most people realize.

Commissioner Ray D’Agostino told The Lancaster Patriot that he agrees with Parsons’ statement. “The majority of people in Lancaster County will not stand for this,” said D’Agostino, calling Planned Parenthood’s move “utterly reprehensible.”

Planned Parenthood blasted Parsons’ threat. “Commissioner Parsons should not use his bully pulpit to harass and intimidate health care providers and the 1 in 4 women who will need an abortion in her lifetime … We are proud to provide abortion care and are happy that we are finally going to be able to provide this much-needed service to Lancaster,” Planned Parenthood Keystone said in a statement.

Abortion is big business for Planned Parenthood, which recently released its latest annual report revealing that it committed the most abortions ever in 2020-2021, ending the lives of 383,460 preborn babies. Chemical abortions (the abortion pill) account for more than half of all abortions committed nationwide.

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