STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – It may be difficult to find help for family planning and reproductive health care. The only Planned Parenthood in the Poconos has severely slashed its hours and the building is for sale.
During what’s supposed to be regular business hours, patients are forced to walk away from the Planned Parenthood in Stroudsburg. A note on the front door reads the location is only open one day a week.
“My initial reaction is definitely sadness,” says Stroudsburg’s Mayor, Tarah Probst.
The Stroudsburg location doesn’t offer abortions. But to get birth control, pregnancy testing, health screenings and other services, it will have to wait until Wednesday.
“We’re not going to be able to service everyone we need to help,” Mayor Probst says.
Stroudsburg’s Mayor, Tarah Probst, says last year 4,000 people visited the Stroudsburg location. It’s the only place in Monroe County that offers low-cost health care for men and women.
“That’s a lot of families who need help and can’t get it,” she adds.
As some lawmakers aim to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, locations across the nation are rapidly closing. In response, Probst recently sent a letter to the White House asking to have Stroudsburg’s spared. She says it fell on deaf ears, and her worst fear is here.
She explains, “it’s almost pathetic to me that this is happening.”
In a statement about the Stroudsburg location, Planned Parenthood states “We have had some of our clinicians out on leave and have had to bring staff up from our other sites and had to reduce hours as a result.”
But Eyewitness News has learned the building near Courthouse Square is up for sale with a $229,000 dollar asking price.
Eyewitness News reporter Brianna Strunk asked Planned Parenthood’s CEO why, and if there’s plans to close the location for good. She had no comment.
“It’s for people that work 40 hours a week and don’t make enough money to make ends meet. They are at least entitled to health care, and it breaks my heart,” Mayor Probst adds.
Patients who use the Stroudsburg Planned Parenthood will now have to make a longer commute to locations in New Jersey, Wilkes Barre or the Lehigh Valley. Eyewitness News was told Stroudsburg patients are being referred to Wilkes Barre.
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