A Planned Parenthood facility in Stroudsburg, Penn., closed Wednesday, following a recent trend of clinic shutdowns.
“This was one place where women could come without questioning and having to run around in circles,” Shannan Parr of Bushkill told PA Homepage.
The clinic received a record number of appointments Wednesday, as patients flocked to the clinic, aware that it was their last chance to do so, according to the PA Homepage.
Parr relied on the clinic for birth control, and she’ll reportedly now have to travel an hour and a half away to get it, PA Homepage reported.
A Pregnancy Resource Center, which offers some of the same services Planned Parenthood, also sits right around the corner from the clinic.
“I was really upset. Not just for me but for every other woman who is around here because that was an easily accessible place for them,” Parr said.
The Planned Parenthood location, which reportedly did not perform abortions, said it’s closing in response to cuts from federal funding, but is selling the operating building for $229,000.
The clinic closure comes after a number of recent wins for the pro-life movement, including the South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s stop to all funding for abortion clinics in an executive order in August.
“Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood,” he said. (Related: South Carolina Gov Cuts Off All Abortion Funding In Executive Order).
Planned Parenthood has also not only found itself embroiled in trials on the legality of fetal dismemberment and investigations on the finances and activities of its President Cecile Richards, but also faces waining support even from Democrats.
A large majority of Americans oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions and two-thirds of voters in warring Senate states for 2018 say they would be less likely to vote for a Senator who wants to fund Planned Parenthood. (Related: The Democrats’ Abortion Litmus Test Mess).
Planned Parenthood officials have yet to make any public statements on the Stroudsburg clinic closure.
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