Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Abortion Clinics Close in Most States Since 2010

Since 2010, there are now at least 54 fewer locations in America killing unborn children in 27 states, according to a survey by the Huffington Post, as a result of an increase in pro-life state legislatures and governors across the nation.  Only Nebraska and Massachusetts have added an abortion clinic during this time frame.
Meanwhile, abortion advocates raise money targeting minorities and low income for abortions.

"Abortion funds are often the only lifeline [sic] available for low-income women."
-- Kimberly Inez McGuire, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
For background, read 75% of Maryland Abortion Clinics Fail Inspections and also read Unsafe Illinois Abortion Clinic Closes Permanently as well as Abortionists Lament Ever-greater State Limits

In addition, read Florida Law Protects Infants that Obama Would NOT

UPDATE 12/29/13: Abortion Clinic Closings Set Record; Admit Defeat

UPDATE 10/24/13: Over One-third of Abortion Clinics in Ohio Close

-- From "Anti-Abortion Laws Take Dramatic Toll On Clinics Nationwide" by Laura Bassett, Huffington Post 8/26/13

. . . the other 21 states and the District of Columbia, most of which have not passed new anti-abortion laws since 2010, were unable to accurately count their clinics because their health departments do not license abortion providers separately from other kinds of medical providers. The Huffington Post's tally did not include hospitals that provide abortions.

A comprehensive survey by The Daily Beast found that as of January 2013, 724 abortion clinics remained operational across the U.S.

While states have been passing abortion restrictions since long before 2010, the recent legislative trend has been to directly target abortion providers and make it harder for them to operate. In addition to passing mandatory waiting periods and mandatory ultrasounds, states are passing so-called "TRAP" laws -- the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. These laws often require abortion clinics to undergo extensive and costly renovations in order to become ambulatory surgical centers, which are essentially mini-hospitals.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Raising money to ensure women have access to abortions" by Marina Villeneuve, Los Angeles Times 8/25/13

Representatives from such abortion rights organizations say new restrictions are disproportionately affecting women whose income is below the poverty line, about 42% of those who have abortions.

As a result, low-income women are increasingly seeking assistance from little-known abortion funding groups, including the Lilith Fund. The mainly volunteer-run nonprofits in 40 states offer advice, grants and sometimes interest-free loans, raising money with wine tastings, yard sales and casserole cook-offs.

Many of the organizations were started in the late 1970s after Congress banned the use of federal money for abortion, with a few exceptions. Most states still do not cover abortion through Medicaid. And many private insurance policies also do not pay for the procedure. For low-income women, the funding groups are often their last resort.

A national coalition of 103 abortion funds provided $3 million in assistance to 21,000 women last year . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Argument Against Inspecting Abortion Facilities is Disingenuous, Anti-Woman" by Rachel Cox, LifeNews.com 8/26/13

Whenever a legislator proposes safety regulations for abortion facilities, the abortion industry always plays the part of the victim to drum up sympathy and support for their cause. They often claim safety regulations are unnecessary because complications from abortion rarely arise. Abortion complications may be rare. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t happen and that clinics shouldn’t be required to be prepared for them.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, which strongly supports abortion, approximately 0.5% of abortion patients have a complication that requires hospitalization. That’s likely a low figure, but let’s assume that they’re right for the sake of argument. When you consider that there are well over one million abortions performed in the United States annually, the number of patients requiring hospitalization after an abortion would be over 5,000! Don’t these 5,000+ women deserve optimal care?

Abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood claim they care about women’s health. If they really cared, they wouldn’t oppose safety measures for their clinics.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

In addition, read Minorities Targeted by Planned Parenthood for Abortion: Study