Less Demand Leads to Abortion Facility Closures

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by Kim Trobee

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Pro-lifers have witnessed the closure of dozens of abortion sellers in recent years. This week even more announcements were made in Iowa, Texas, Washington and Oregon.

In Texas, the Killeen Women’s Health Center in Austin is closed because it failed to meet safety standards required by state law. All facilities must put basic safety standards in place and abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital to continue to operate.

Today, there are fewer than 20 abortion outlets in the state.

Just six months ago, Planned Parenthood in Iowa laid off all but one employee and announced it would be discontinuing telemed abortions. The abortion seller said the actions were needed financially to continue operations. Two more are set to close this month.

Telemed abortions involve an abortionist who meets with a client over the Internet and then prescribes drugs for a chemical abortion. Often, the woman never sees the abortionist again and receives no follow-up.

“In the past two years alone, we have seen TWELVE Iowa Planned Parenthoods close for good, many of which sold webcam abortions,” Iowa Right to Life President Jenifer Bowen wrote in a statement. “We want to publicly thank the faithful pro-lifers who went out to the sidewalks in both Red Oak and Creston, in all kinds of weather, to offer women life-saving alternatives. It’s in no small part due to their ongoing peaceful, prayerful presence these abortion facilities are shutting down.”

Finances are also blamed for the closure of three Planned Parenthood outlets in Salmon Creek, Washington and Clackamas and Gresham, Oregon. But pro-lifers say a reduction in the number of abortions nationwide and an increase in pro-life laws appear to be factors. Gayle Attebury, executive director of Oregon Right to Life, told The Oregonian that the closures were necessary, because abortion providers “aren’t getting the business they’d like.”

“Considering those areas are already serviced by crisis pregnancy centers,” Oregon Right to Life wrote on its Facebook page, “we are confident that life will be chosen by Oregon women even more than ever!”