Monday, September 23, 2013

Planned Parenthood on the decline

Abortion clinics across North America continue to close at a remarkable rate

Closure of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Tex.  Photo Credit: 40 Days for Life / Coalition for Life.

Tom Strode from the Baptist Press has written an article about the increasing rate of abortion clinic closures.

The speed and frequency of abortion clinic closures across the continent, he says, is escalating as pro-life laws take effect. Each closure is a victory for pro-lifers. 

The article also speaks of the transformation of a former abortion clinic director into a pro-life activist. Abby Johnson, the director of an abortion clinic in Bryan, Tex., decided to leave the clinic after a personal struggle with her role after she helped to perform one woman's abortion.

The increasing rate of abortion clinic closures provides evidence of the effectiveness of new pro-life laws. With the number of closures so far in 2013 greatly outweighing the total number last year, it is clear that the pro-life ideology is strong and spreading, Strode says.

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.

Some of the shutdowns have been of major clinics. For instance, Virginia's No. 1 abortion provider closed, The Washington Post reported in July. NOVA Women's Healthcare in Fairfax, Va., shut down after state and local governments enacted regulations the abortion provider appeared unable to meet. The northern Virginia clinic performed 3,066 abortions in 2012 and 3,567 in 2011.

 The full story is available at Christianity Today. 

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