Last month, Planned Parenthood lost a major court battle after the Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge on an Arkansas law. The law mandates that abortionists have a contract with another physician who has hospital admitting privileges if they commit medication abortions. Planned Parenthood had claimed that the law was unconstitutional and medically unnecessary, even though the law complies with FDA standards.
Now, Planned Parenthood has cancelled all abortion appointments at two of its facilities in Arkansas. “The law that we were trying to get blocked went into effect immediately, and the immediate results were we had to turn away from the clinic people who were scheduled to take the pill,” Dr. Stephanie Ho, an abortionist at Planned Parenthood Great Plains in Fayetteville, said. The abortion profiteer’s attorneys have already filed an appeal, asking a federal court judge to block the law.
Only one abortion facility in Arkansas, Family Planning Services, is now committing abortions, with surgical abortions being the only option. They commit abortions up to 21 weeks of pregnancy:
The most common abortion procedure in the second trimester is a dilation and evacuation, or D&E dismemberment abortion, explained below by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino.
Arkansas is now one of six states that have just one abortion facility, joining Kentucky, Mississippi, West Virginia, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has likewise been closing abortion facilities across the country. In 2017, the organization closed 32 facilities, opening just five new facilities in five states. In 1995, the organization had a high of 938 facilities, which has dropped to just 597 today — 60% of which commit either medication or surgical abortions. And just 10 states account for the majority of Planned Parenthood’s facilities: California, New York, Washington, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
While Planned Parenthood has tried to attract women by opening larger and more upscale buildings, its strategy is seemingly not working. As the American Life League report detailing the closures explained:
Planned Parenthood closed 24.9 percent of its facilities and saw its customer base drop by 23.6 percent. The dwindling facilities and customer numbers have also had an effect on Planned Parenthood’s single most costly activity—abortions. Despite its ever increasing emphasis on abortion, it has struggled to even maintain its abortion numbers.
Still, Planned Parenthood remains the country’s largest abortion chain, committing over 320,000 abortions every single year. But the abortion chain is clearly struggling, pro-life laws not withstanding. It seems that even without defunding or pro-life laws that protect women, people are realizing that they don’t need Planned Parenthood.