Wednesday, February 24, 2010

City office of Planned Parenthood shuts down

Citing tough economic times and a lack of funding, Planned Parenthood of Northeast and Mid-Penn closed its Hazleton office Friday and will now look to pool resources with its larger office in Wilkes-Barre.

Formerly located at 10 W. Chestnut St., Planned Parenthood served women in the Hazleton community for nearly 30 years, offering numerous services including Pap smears, breast exams, pregnancy tests, STD tests, birth control and emergency contraception.

"The decision to close is a difficult one, and one that we regret having to make," President and CEO Kim Custer said in a press release. "As a result of inadequate funding for the services provided, Planned Parenthood could no longer sustain the services in this location."

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