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Abortion clinics closing across America

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We sure can use some good news, don’t you think?

The pro-life campaign is changing hearts and minds.

The evidence:

More and more abortion clinics are closing down across America. So much so that the leftwing Huffington Post bemoans the “dramatic toll” that recent pro-life laws have taken on abortion clinics, with Arizona leading the way.

Tom Strode reports for the Baptist Press (via Christianity Today) that the reasons for closure vary, but the overall trend is clear:Abortion centers are shutting down at an unprecedented rate. The total so far this year is 44,  according to the pro-life Operation Rescue, which monitors closings and health and safety violations by clinics nationwide. That number far surpasses the 25 surgical clinics shutdown last year and the 30 in 2011.

Among the 44 that closed this year are 42 clinics that provided surgical abortions, and two that offered chemical abortions by drugs. Some of the shutdowns have been of major clinics, including Virginia’s No. 1 abortion provider: NOVA Women’s Healthcare in Fairfax, Va., which shut down after state and local governments enacted regulations the abortion provider appeared unable to meet. The clinic had performed 3,066 abortions in 2012 and 3,567 in 2011.

The reasons given for the upswing in closings include:

Abortion Clinics Closing at Record RateA Planned Parenthood clinic closes in Bryan, Texas (photo: 40 Days for Life/Coalition for Life)

One of the clinics that closed this year was the Planned Parenthood center in Bryan, Texas. The closing came less than four years after Abby Johnson, responding to the call of her conscience, walked out of that clinic as its director and into the offices of the Coalition for Life.

Since her dramatic reversal, Johnson has become a leading pro-life advocate and has started a ministry to help workers leave the abortion industry. In a written statement after the announcement of the closing of the Bryan Planned Parenthood abortion center, Johnson pledges to “fight until every abortion clinic in this country has shut down” — “Knowing that the former abortion clinic I once ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory of my life. From running that facility, to then advocating for its closure, and now celebrating that dream … it shows that my life has indeed come full circle.”

State legislatures enacted 69 pro-life laws this year, according to a report released Thursday (Sept. 5) by Americans United for Life. In all, 48 states considered about 360 such proposals in 2013, AUL reported.

The legislative action this year continued a recent trend in states: 70 “life-affirming measures” became law in 2011 and 38 in 2012, according to AUL.

Some measures have targeted making the procedure and clinics safer for women, and have helped escalate the number of clinic shutdowns. This year, states such as Alabama, North Carolina and Texas passed varied laws either requiring abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety standards as outpatient surgical centers, or authorizing the state to enforce such requirements. Also, in 2013, North Dakota and Wisconsin joined Alabama and Texas in mandating abortion doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Meanwhile, the abortion battle has gone digital as more states ban abortions by telemedicine.

Read the full Baptist Press article here. Christianity Today (CT) has previously reported on abortion clinic restrictions and legislation restricting abortion. CT also covered pro-life groups exposing abortion practices and how pro-lifers are winning the abortion battle.

H/t FOTM’s Mike

~Eowyn

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North Carolina Defunds Murderous Planned Parenthood

Life is precious. A baby in the womb is a human being!

North Carolina has joined Indiana and Kansas in defunding the baby-killing mill called Planned Parenthood – an oxymoron of a name, because anyone who kills his/her offspring is no parent.

In November 2009, after seeing an ultrasound of a baby in the womb, a former director of a Planned Parenthood branch in Bryan, Texas, had an awakening of conscience. Abby Johnson admitted what had been, until then, the stuff of rumor:

  • Planned Parenthood has a monthly abortion quota or goal;
  • Planned Parenthood has a financial incentive to perform as many abortions as possible.

Urban Christian News reports, June 15, 2011, that Republican state representatives in North Carolina have voted to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the state budget Wednesday morning, ensuring that a provision to strip all federal and state money from Planned Parenthood will take effect on July 1.

NC's pro-abortion Democrat governor, Beth Perdue

As in Indiana and Kansas, the North Carolina vote is prompted by Planned Parenthood’s provision of abortions. The vote will result in Planned Parenthood North Carolina (PPNC) losing $434,000 a year in state and federal funds. Women who want an abortion at PPNC will now have to pay out of their own pocket.

NC’s conservative lawmakers have another bill that would not just defund PPNC but restrict access to abortions.

~Eowyn

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