BOOM: Abortion Clinics ‘Closing at Record Rate’

Update: The Huffington Post assessed the “dramatic toll” that recent pro-life laws have taken on abortion clinics, with Arizona leading the way. Meanwhile, the abortion battle has gone digital as more states ban abortions by telemedicine.

(BP) For Abby Johnson, the closing of a single Planned Parenthood center demonstrated her dramatic reversal from abortion clinic director to leading pro-life advocate.

But for pro-lifers throughout the United States, it marked another exhibit in a hopeful trend—abortion centers are shutting down at an unprecedented rate. The total so far this year is 44, according to a pro-life organization that tracks clinic operations.

None was more telling for Johnson than the mid-July closing of the Planned Parenthood center in Bryan, Texas. It came less than four years after Johnson, burdened by her involvement with abortion, walked out of that clinic as its director and into the offices of the Coalition for Life.

“Knowing that the former abortion clinic I once ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory of my life,” Johnson said in a written statement after the announcement of the shutdown. “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.”

Since her celebrated conversion from Planned Parenthood director, Johnson has started a ministry to help workers leave the abortion industry. She has pledged, as she said in July, to “fight until every abortion clinic in this country has shut its doors.”

This year, 42 clinics that provided surgical abortions have shut their doors, and two that offered chemical abortions by drugs also have closed, according to 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, by Operation Rescue’s count. While others estimate a smaller number of closings, the pattern is clear.

Read more: christianitytoday.com

  • Abby

    Good news. It’s been a long fight and still so much to do. But a little good news gives a fresh hope that this blight can be removed from our society.

  • Abby

    Good news. It’s been a long fight and still so much to do. But a little good news gives a fresh hope that this blight can be removed from our society.

  • Abby

    Good news. It’s been a long fight and still so much to do. But a little good news gives a fresh hope that this blight can be removed from our society.

  • fliteking

    Good for Arizona . . . abortion is not health care, it is the single most selfish act a person can engage in.

  • Michael Geer

    With Jerry Moonbeam Brown signing Legislation authorizing “non-doctores” to perform Abortions, I presume the clinics are closing because Target, Wal-Mart and Jiffy Lube will be taking over the market.

  • Michael Geer

    With Jerry Moonbeam Brown signing Legislation authorizing “non-doctores” to perform Abortions, I presume the clinics are closing because Target, Wal-Mart and Jiffy Lube will be taking over the market.

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