September 19, 2013
THE CULTURE WARS ARE A ROUT:
Abortion clinic closings on rise in U.S., 44 tallied year to date (Tom Strode, 9/06/13, BP)
Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2013 4:18 AMThis 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 reasons given for the upswing in closings are varied even among pro-lifers. They include:-- the increasing state regulation and oversight of clinics;-- a growth in pro-life opinion and activity, and-- a decline in the abortion rate.In some cases, clinics have shut down when abortion doctors retired or were no longer licensed.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.