One of the busiest abortion facilities in Massachusetts may be shutting its doors soon, and is begging for donations to help stay open. Women’s Health Services in Brookline, a suburb of Boston, claims to only have a few months left if it doesn’t get more money, fast — even though it is the third busiest abortion facility in the state.
Women’s Health Services (WHS), which has been open for 27 years, launched a GoFundMe page with the hope of raising $250,000; so far, it is far short of that goal. Allegedly, the loss of a grant has left them with a financial deficit, requiring them to raise money to stay open. “If our clinic disappeared, many New Englanders would not have their urgent medical needs met,” the clinic wrote. “As an independent provider that serves a vulnerable population and receives no government funding in politically uncertain times, it is devastating to imagine WHS closing its doors.”
According to the Boston Globe, WHS did not receive any government funding cuts, but did fail to receive a relief grant from the National Abortion Federation. However, Planned Parenthood rushed to blame the potential closure on pro-life laws. “Independent abortion providers are a key part of the ecosystem of abortion access and are essential parts of their communities. When politicians chip away at abortion access, independent providers can carry the heaviest burdens while fighting with fewer resources,” Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, chief executive of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, told the Boston Globe. “In a time of ongoing political attacks on health care access, we need all doors to stay open.”
This is an interesting statement, given the fact that Planned Parenthood centers now make up over 51% of the nation’s abortion facilities, and the corporation has a reputation for driving independent facilities out of business. As previously reported, Planned Parenthood is grabbing more and more of the market share for abortion facilities, and they have likewise been opening mega-facilities across the country — which then crowds out small, independent facilities like WHS. It’s the same principle as when a Walmart opens in a small town and forces mom-and-pop shops to close. But of course, it doesn’t suit planned Parenthood’s agenda to admit that they’re a large part of the reason so many small facilities close — even if the smaller facilities commit abortions Planned Parenthood doesn’t, like WHS.
WHS is the only abortion facility in the state of Massachusetts that commits abortions up to the state limit, which is 24 weeks. While the facility website doesn’t make it clear what abortion procedure they use, the most common procedure at that time is a dilation and evacuation, or D&E. This is a violent procedure which takes multiple days, and involves ripping a preborn child apart limb from limb, when they almost surely can feel pain. “There isn’t any nonhospital facility that provides that. Outside of this state, there are no providers of that care, so we have people coming from all over New England,” facility medical director Laurent Delli-Bovi told WCVB.
Delli-Bovi said they have been operating at a loss since 2006, and lose $170,000 a year.
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