Pennsylvania Catholic Keeping Planned Parenthood Open

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  •  December 6, 2018   

Catholic businessman believes Planned Parenthood is an important part of the community

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. ( - A Pennsylvania Catholic property owner is swooping in to save a Planned Parenthood facility from closing.

Planned Parenthood Keystone was ready to close its doors in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania forever after almost 85 years of murdering unborn children. But Thom Greco, a Wilkes-Barre businessman and self-described "deeply religious man and practicing Catholic" is keeping the abortion murder machine running by renting property to keep the abortion giant open.

He is contracted to rent Planned Parenthood a 2,000 square-foot space on North Main Street in Wilkes-Barre for five years with an option to renew afterward.


Responding to Church Militant, Greco claims, "I do not believe it is my place to dictate my religious belief to others." He also noted, "I believe Planned Parenthood Keystone has an important place in our community and to interrupt it after almost 85 years would not be fair to our community."

Despite being reminded that Catholics have an obligation to the Faith in public life, he asserts, "I respect a woman's ability to make deeply personal and private decisions about her health care, without interference. I do not believe that you can make that type of decision for someone else."

In a Times Leader article, Greco justifies himself by claiming surgical abortions would not be conducted at the Planned Parenthood facility. But when Church Militant reminded him the abortion pill and contraceptives will be issued at the facility — all in violation of the Church's teaching and natural moral law.

He ignored the question, responding with Planned Parenthood talking points:

The Wilkes Barre health center provides a broad range of services; including, lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, STD prevention and treatment, provide services to the LGBTQ community and sexual health education.  

Planned Parenthood has been an important part of the Wilkes Barre community for over 80 years, and I believe it was important for the patients who depend on Planned Parenthood to continue to be able to access the broad range of services they provide.

Church Militant noted to Greco that he would be a pro-life hero if he refused to rent his building to Planned Parenthood, shutting them down after 85 years, sparing the lives of countless unborn children and the souls of many mothers.

He responded, "Although I believe that the decision to end a pregnancy must be left to a women, her family and her faith, I can share that surgical abortion will not be offered at this site."

A 2015 undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress revealed that Vanessa Russo of Planned Parenthood Keystone admitted their facilities "generate a fair amount of income" by illegally selling aborted baby body parts.  

A spokesman from the diocese of Scranton has not responded to questions.

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