Abortion facility closures are outpacing the opening of new abortion centers, a report from Operation Rescue reveals. Cheryl Sullenger, a leader with the pro-life group, notes that in the first five months of 2017, 21 abortion and abortion referral facilities have closed, while only five centers opened in the United States.
The 21 closures include:
• Seven surgical abortion facilities.
• Five medication abortion facilities.
• Nine abortion referral facilities.
Recently, Planned Parenthood announced that it will be closing 10 facilities, many of which do not commit abortions. Although the corporation continues to battle for its place at the table for taxpayer funding, it is shutting down facilities and eliminating health services while increasing abortions. In Wyoming, for example, Planned Parenthood shut down its last standing location, admitting that local health centers already provide health care for women.
In Iowa, Planned Parenthood announced that four facilities will shut down after Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill prohibiting Medicaid funding from the abortion corporation.
A video from Live Action reveals that as taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood increases, health services decrease while abortion numbers go up.
“There are multiple factors that are leading to abortion clinic closures,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Of course, defunding efforts are one of the primary reasons for closures, but another important factor is failure of abortion businesses to comply with the law.”
Operation Rescue reports that shoddy facilities shuttered in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia:
• Premiere ObGyn in Wilmington, Delaware, and American Women’s Services in Fairfax, Virginia, closed after being evicted for non-payment of rent. Both were owned by the notorious Steven Chase Brigham.
• EMW abortion facility in Lexington, Kentucky, was closed by the state for conducting abortions without a license.
• Planned Parenthood Metro DC in Silver Spring, Maryland, was evicted due to pressure from pro-life activists.
With these closures, Planned Parenthood will have shut down 20 facilities since 2010.
“So far this year, abortion business closures are outpacing new openings by more than four to one,” said Newman. “It is clear that if Planned Parenthood is defunded by the Trump Administration, more abortion facilities and abortion referral centers will continue to close and more lives will be saved.”