STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Last month, Eyewitness News reported that the only Planned Parenthood in the Poconos slashed its hours to one day a week. The next day, the organization confirmed the Stroudsburg location was closing for good. Wednesday was that final day of business.
Appointments were booked solid as patients scrambled to get through the doors for the last time. Now, they’ll have to make a longer commute to Wilkes-Barre, Allentown or New Jersey.
Last week, Shannan Parr received notice in the mail that her local Planned Parenthood was shutting down. She quickly booked a final appointment.
“This was one place where women could come without questioning and having to run around in circles,” says Shannan Parr of Bushkill.
Shannan relies on the organization for birth control. Now she’ll have to travel an hour and a half away to get it.
She adds, “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.”
Kamish McDonald also booked one of the last appointments on closing day.
“It’s sad. They’ve actually helped me throughout the years as far as medical care goes,” says Kamish McDonald of Reeders.
As some lawmakers aim to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, locations across the country are rapidly closing. The Stroudsburg location didn’t perform abortions but did provide health screenings, STD treatment and emergency contraception.
A few blocks away, Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos offers some services similar to Planned Parenthood, including free pregnancy tests and educations information.
“They can point you in the right direction for some of the services Planned Parenthood offers,” adds McDonald, a former volunteer with Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos.
Due to insurance restrictions, Joy Hanerfeld wanted to refer her teenage daughter to the Stroudsburg Planned Parenthood. She now has to find another option.
“It’s devastating. People who don’t have insurance, where are they going to go now? It’s heartbreaking,” says Joy Hanerfeld of Pocono Summit.
The building where Planned Parenthood operated from near Courthouse Square is on the market for $229,000 dollars.
Eyewitness News reached out to Planned Parenthood officials for comment. So far, we have not heard back.