127 Abortion Clinics Have Closed Since 2015

Participants in the 2018 pro-life observance 40 Days for Life gather near an abortion clinic in Green Bay, Wisconsin. | Courtesy 40 Days for Life

Over the last five years, 127 abortion clinics closed, a report by the Abortion Care Network shows.

Forty-one of the clinics closed in the last two years, the report said. Independent abortion clinics execute 58% of abortions in the United States, with Planned Parenthood performing an additional 37%. Physicians’ offices and hospitals perform the remaining 4%.

“Meaningful access to abortion care in the United States depends on independent abortion care providers keeping their doors open,” the report reads. “Unfortunately, independent providers are also the most vulnerable to anti-abortion attacks and legislation intended to close clinic doors or push abortion out of reach. Threats to these clinics are a threat to abortion access overall.”

When abortion clinics close, people often don’t find other ways to get abortions, Michael New, an associate scholar at the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute, told The Christian Post. In states where larger abortion companies like Planned Parenthood don’t operate, closed abortion clinics mean saved unborn lives.

Lower numbers of abortions lead to closed clinics, and closed clinics lead to fewer abortions, New said.

“I think it’s a little bit of both,” he said. “When abortion clinics close, abortion numbers go down. Abortion clinics are also subject to the same laws as other economic entities.”

Most clinics closed because of financial problems and pro-life laws that made it difficult for them to operate, the report suggested. Only one abortion clinic remains in Mississippi, West Virginia, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Since 2011, state and local governments have passed 479 laws to protect unborn children, according to a poll by Guttmacher. Also, more women today carry their unplanned pregnancies to term, New added.

“I think [lower abortion numbers are] because of three possible reasons. Pro-lifers are changing hearts and minds, pregnancy help centers are helping women or we’re passing pro-life laws. I think it’s all three,” he said.

On social media, pro-life groups celebrated the clinic closures.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jackson Elliott