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Abortion clinic closings on rise in U.S., 44 tallied year to date
BPNews. ^ | September 6, 2013 | Tom Strode

Posted on 09/18/2013 3:09:51 PM PDT by Salvation

Abortion clinic closings on rise in U.S., 44 tallied year to date


The sign outside Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas, comes down in late August, marking another of 44 abortion clinic closings so far this year.  Photo courtesy of 40 Days for Life and Coalition for Life.


Posted on Sep 6, 2013 | by Tom Strode


WASHINGTON (BP) -- For Abby Johnson, the closing of a single Planned Parenthood center demonstrated her dramatic reversal from abortion clinic director to leading pro-life advocate.

But for pro-lifers throughout the United States, it marked another exhibit in a hopeful trend -- abortion centers are shutting down at an unprecedented rate. The total so far this year is 44, according to a pro-life organization that tracks clinic operations.

None was more telling for Johnson than the mid-July closing of the Planned Parenthood center in Bryan, Texas. It came less than four years after Johnson, burdened by her involvement with abortion, walked out of that clinic as its director and into the offices of the Coalition for Life.

"Knowing that the former abortion clinic I once ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory of my life," Johnson said in a written statement after the announcement of the shutdown. "From running that facility, to then advocating for its closure, and now celebrating that dream ... it shows that my life has indeed come full circle."

Since her celebrated conversion from Planned Parenthood director, Johnson has started a ministry to help workers leave the abortion industry. She has pledged, as she said in July, to "fight until every abortion clinic in this country has shut its doors."

This year, 42 clinics that provided surgical abortions have shut their doors, and two that offered chemical abortions by drugs also have closed, according to Operation Rescue, which monitors closings and health and safety violations by clinics nationwide. That number far surpasses the 25 surgical clinics shutdown last year and the 30 in 2011, by Operation Rescue's count. While others estimate a smaller number of closings, the pattern is clear.

Some of the shutdowns have been of major clinics. For instance, Virginia's No. 1 abortion provider closed, The Washington Post reported in July. NOVA Women's Healthcare in Fairfax, Va., shut down after state and local governments enacted regulations the abortion provider appeared unable to meet. The northern Virginia clinic performed 3,066 abortions in 2012 and 3,567 in 2011.

The reasons given for the upswing in closings are varied even among pro-lifers. They include:

-- the increasing state regulation and oversight of clinics;

-- a growth in pro-life opinion and activity, and

-- a decline in the abortion rate.

In some cases, clinics have shut down when abortion doctors retired or were no longer licensed.

State legislatures enacted 69 pro-life laws this year, according to a report released Thursday (Sept. 5) by Americans United for Life. In all, 48 states considered about 360 such proposals in 2013, AUL reported.

The legislative action this year continued a recent trend in states: 70 "life-affirming measures" became law in 2011 and 38 in 2012, according to AUL.

Some measures have targeted making the procedure and clinics safer for women, and have helped escalate the number of clinic shutdowns. This year, states such as Alabama, North Carolina and Texas passed varied laws either requiring abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety standards as outpatient surgical centers, or authorizing the state to enforce such requirements. Also, in 2013, North Dakota and Wisconsin joined Alabama and Texas in mandating abortion doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

While pro-lifers assert the laws are for the protection of women, abortion rights advocates argue their purpose is to stop abortion. Regardless, the result appears to be abortion clinics are being held accountable in ways they have not been previously.

"Considering the growing body of medical evidence confirming the health risks of abortion for women, abortion cannot be left in the hands of an unmonitored, unregulated and uncaring industry feeding off fear and federal subsidies," AUL President Charmaine Yoest said in a written statement.

The Guttmacher Institute, a research organization affiliated with the abortion rights movement, charged in June such laws "are a solution in search of a problem, a cynical ploy to advance an agenda that seeks to make it more and more difficult for women to obtain an abortion, with the ultimate goal of eliminating U.S. women's access to safe and legal abortion."

The increased state government oversight of clinics is a response to pro-lifers spotlighting abuses by abortion providers, and to the scandals uncovered in recent years, said Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue's senior policy advisor. Her research has produced disciplinary action against various abortion doctors.

Foremost among the scandals was that of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell and his Philadelphia clinic. The regulatory failures in Pennsylvania appear to have made an impression on officials in other states.

Gosnell received three consecutive life sentences in May for the first-degree murder of three born-alive babies. Those children were only three of hundreds at least six months into gestation who were killed outside the womb after induced delivery at a clinic criticized for its unsanitary and unsafe conditions.

A 2011 grand jury report criticized the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of State for failing to oversee the clinic properly. Gosnell's clinic had not been inspected since 1993 despite many complaints, according to the report.

While the actions of state legislatures and agencies appear to have contributed to clinic shutdowns, the growing activism of pro-lifers also has been an important ingredient, said the national director of 40 Days for Life.

"I believe the increase in closures is due to record numbers of Christians praying for an end to abortion, and getting actively involved in pro-life efforts where they live -- recognizing that change is not going to come from politicians in Washington, D.C., anytime soon," David Bereit wrote in a statement for Baptist Press.

Since 2007, 40 Days has conducted its semi-annual campaigns of peaceful prayer vigils outside abortion clinics in more than 500 cities nationally and internationally. More than 575,000 people have participated, and 40 Days reports 39 clinics have closed permanently after their campaigns.

Both Bereit and Sullenger believe even more clinic closures are in the offing.

"The momentum is shifting dramatically in the pro-life direction, and as even more people answer the call to 'speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves' and 'rescue those being led to the slaughter,'" Bereit said, citing verses in Proverbs 31 and 24, respectively, "I believe we will see many more abortion centers closing in the near future."

Sullenger said in a written statement, "We do anticipate an increase in the number of abortion clinics as new laws are enacted and inspections increase. Enforcement of laws on the books has always been the key. We simply have never found an abortion clinic that complies with the law on all points.

"Couple that with a downward trend in abortion numbers and increased pro-life sentiment, [and] the abortion industry is in financial trouble," she said before adding a caveat. "However, an influx of money from the government via [the 2010 health-care reform law] and private sources could artificially keep some clinics open."

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; baptist; catholic; prolife
Keep praying, folks! It's working.
1 posted on 09/18/2013 3:09:51 PM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 09/18/2013 3:10:37 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Awwww...NOT. That is awesome!

3 posted on 09/18/2013 3:11:34 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Salvation

Good news for unborn children everywhere.

4 posted on 09/18/2013 3:11:46 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: attiladhun2

Good news, indeed!

5 posted on 09/18/2013 3:12:20 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All

This is from Baptist Press. Is there a Baptist ping?

6 posted on 09/18/2013 3:15:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

7 posted on 09/18/2013 3:16:43 PM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: Salvation

This only goes to prove the filth that these places were in.

The Dykes who insist on abortions mills claim they want a clean place to kill their babies, so they will not have to go to a back alley abortionist with a coat hanger.

Many of these places were little better some probably worse.

8 posted on 09/18/2013 3:18:49 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: Slyfox; All
Most recent at the bottom!

Lawrence (KS) abortion clinic closes because of funding woes
Eugene abortion clinic closes; surprising many (Hooray !!!)
Prayer credited for closing of abortion clinic [Eugene, OR]
Planned Parenthood will shut down 3 clinics [Indiana]
Persevering Students Help Close Abortion Clinic [Santa Paula, CA--Thomas Aquinas College]
Abortion Clinic Managers Quit After Being Outed by Operation Rescue [Wichita, Kansas]
One Man's God Squad: Troy Newman's plan to stop abortions in Wichita, Kansas
Baby Saved From Abortion is Baptized [New Orleans]
Thank You Bishop Rhoades: A Personal Account of An Abortion Protest With A Catholic Bishop -- still praying -- Harrisburg, PA
Judges rule civil suits against Planned Parenthood can proceed [Los Angeles, CA]

STOPP Planned Parenthood
CA: Abortion opponents hope to limit access for California girls (Prop 73)
Jill Stanek's Accurate Summary of Cincinnati Abortion Center Closing: 'Debi Does Ohio"
Clinic is caught in the fog of abortion war (Abortion Clinic Closes) [Springfield, Missouri]
PBS program looks at Mississippi's last abortion clinic
Former abortion clinic ‘resurrected’ as Catholic chapel [Buffalo, NY]
Health Department suspends license of Montgomery abortion clinic [Alabama]
Abortion center ordered to close: East Side clinic cited with violations [Cleveland, Ohio]
Yet another abortionist can't stand heat, quits [Daytona Beach, Forida]
Controversial Chicago Abortion clinic closing

Planned Parenthood closes clinic after clinic
Planned Parenthood to close Longview clinic (WA)
State shuts abortion clinic over health risks [Englewood, New Jersey]
Atlantic City abortion clinic shut for violations [New Jersey]
Atlantic City Abortion Center Closes Down for Good After Health Violations
Late-Term Abortion Facility in Dallas, [TX] To Close - Eighth Closure Since Bishop Began Prayer at Clinics
New York Abortion Clinic Closes Today; Was site of 40 Days for Life Vigil [200 East Eckerson Road in New City, N.Y}
Planned Parenthood Abortion Center [Temporarily] Closes Instead of Following New Law [Sioux Falls, SD]
[South Dakota] Planned Parenthood Abortion Center Closes Instead of Following New Law [Sioux Falls]
Abortion Provider Closes Doors Instead of Obeying Laws, Old Media Silent [Sioux Falls, SD]

Planned Parenthood Lays Off SD Director
Planned Parenthood Lays Off Staff Over Economy, South Dakota Director Fired
Planned Parenthood Out of Texas Panhandle: STOPP Plan Ousts Abortion Chain from Amarillo
Abortion facility to close following 40 Days for Life campaign [Orange Co. CA]
"We have a problem with financing Planned Parenthood” (Orange County supervisor)
“They’re nothing more than a baby-killing organization” ( No funding to Planned Parenthood ) [Orange and San Bernadino Counties, CA]
Monroe, Washington Planned Parenthood Center Closes Over Tough Economy
Family of Abortion Practitioner George Tiller Will Close Business [Whichita, KA]
Tiller Clinic To Close Permanently [Wichita, KA]
Tiller's Abortion Facility to Close Forever [Wichita, KA]

Slain Kansas abortion provider's clinic to close [Wichita, KA]
Clinic of Murdered Kansas Abortion Doctor Will Be 'Permanently Closed' [Wichita, KA]
Planned Parenthood Shuts Doors on 7 Clinics [All in El Paso, TX]
El Paso loses 7 abortion centers
Number of Abortion Centers Nationwide Falling, Pro-Abortion Legal Group Says
Indiana Planned Parenthood Closes Five Centers After Hiding Abortion-Sex Abuse
Planned Parenthood closing in Kirksville, MO
Abortion Business in Florida Closes After Operating Without License
[Pensacola] Florida Abortion Facility Closes During 40 Days for Life
[Youngstown,] Ohio Abortion Clinic Follows National Trend and Closes
[Hazleton, PA] City office of Planned Parenthood shuts down

[Raleigh] North Carolina Abortuary Hammered by Pro-Life Prayers Ceases Abortions
La. officials suspend abortion clinic's license[Shreveport]
Louisiana Abortion Clinic Shut Down for Ignoring “Most Basic” Medical Practices [Shreveport]
New Jersey Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes After Christie Cuts Funds [Southern New Jersey]
Christie Veto Shuts Down Abortion Clinics in NJ
Clinic Run by Doctor Who Killed Woman in Failed Abortion, Halts Abortions
Missouri Planned Parenthood Temporarily Stops Columbia Abortions, Just Two Open (in MO.)
Pro-Lifers Boot Planned Parenthood from Michigan Counties
Planned Parenthood of Central Texas Closes Two Centers [Groesbeck and Marlin, Texas]
Michigan Planned Parenthood Centers Denied Lease Renewal (Three Rivers, Sturgis, Hillsdale, Coldwater, Michigan)
Closure of Two More Abortion Clinics Continues National Trend [Yakima, WA and Southgate Clinic, Detroit, MI

Louisiana Health Department revokes license of abortion clinic
Planned Parenthood Closes Center Near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birmingham abortion clinic agrees to close doors (Alabama)
Allentown abortion clinic's registration revoked by Pennsylvania Health Department
Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes Two Centers in Iowa (Newton and Des Moines)
Abortion clinic director blames new state law for closure [Knoxville, Tennessee]
New York City’s oldest and largest abortion clinic stops abortions due to pro-life protests
Planned Parenthood to Close Abortion Clinic in Abilene, Texas
Mississippi's only abortion clinic misses deadline
Shocking photos of closed Michigan abortion clinic show ‘disgusting’ conditions

North Carolina abortion clinic shut down by state as ‘imminent danger’ to public health [Charlotte, NC]
Planned Parenthood closing three Texas clinics, including Abby Johnson’s former clinic
Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closing Clinic in New Jersey
4 more abortion centers CLOSED [Sacramento, California, Kenmore, Washington, Toledo, Ohio, Fairfax, Virginia]
Delaware Now First State Since Roe With No Surgical Abortions
Chain of six Northern CA late-term abortion clinics CLOSED [Concord, Fremont, Sacramento, Salinas, San Francisco, and San Jose]
Fairfax City abortion clinic, busiest in Virginia, closes
‘Busiest’ Abortion Clinic in Virginia Closes Up Shop [Fairfax County]
42nd Abortion Clinic Closed This Year Due to Filthy, Unsafe Conditions [Asheville, North Carolina]
Abortion clinic closings on rise in U.S., 44 tallied year to date

9 posted on 09/18/2013 3:19:52 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

This will upset barky more than anything having to do with Syria.

10 posted on 09/18/2013 3:20:09 PM PDT by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: rhinohunter

You’ve got that right.

11 posted on 09/18/2013 3:20:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Some things are going well. Pray for it to continue.

12 posted on 09/18/2013 3:22:30 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE
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To: Salvation

God bless Abby Johnson, brave soul. Just to admit to herself and to god what she did. and to carry on and be so tremendously helpful with her witness.

I know she was glad to see this image.

13 posted on 09/18/2013 3:31:46 PM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

Whoops, god=God

14 posted on 09/18/2013 3:32:50 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Salvation
Good news indeed. This jumped out at me.

The legislative action this year continued a recent trend in states: 70 "life-affirming measures" became law in 2011 and 38 in 2012, according to AUL.

The state level is where we are winning the battles. Not just abortion, but everything conservatives fight for.

And keep praying. With God, anything is possible!

15 posted on 09/18/2013 3:35:08 PM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Salvation

How many of the unborn babies didn’t make it to the clinic because they were Plan B’d instead?

We all find later-term abortion to be more repugnant naturally, but from the baby’s point of view it doesn’t much matter (other than the pain).

That’s why my elation is somewhat restrained.

Don’t misunderstand, I want every single clinic closed, but don’t want the babies murdered in some other way instead.

16 posted on 09/18/2013 3:42:25 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Salvation

“Abortion clinic closing on the rise.’’<< Who says prayer doesn’t work?

17 posted on 09/18/2013 8:58:59 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Salvation

Prayers place the unborn in the palm of His hand.

18 posted on 09/18/2013 9:02:16 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Jane Long

Yes, because God is pro-life!

19 posted on 09/18/2013 9:11:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Slyfox
And another one.

One question about all this: why is it when I wanted the baby -- it was a baby, and when I didn't -- it was something else?

20 posted on 09/19/2013 6:21:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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