California Abortion Biz Closes, Eighth Facility This Month
by Steven Ertelt | Newport Beach, CA | LifeNews.com | 3/30/11 12:13 PM
Family Planning Associates, one of the largest abortion center chains in California, has closed the abortion business it runs in Newport Beach. That makes it the eighth abortion center across the country to have closed this month.
Operation Rescue president Troy Newman informed LifeNews about the closing of the FPA abortion facility and he said the Newport Beach location is one “where pro-lifers have been sidewalk counseling and praying for decades” and “its closure is an encouragement that we are winning.”
Family Planning Associates was founded by the notorious abortionist Edward Allred, who once claimed to have personally aborted at least 500,000 babies and famously stated during an interview with the San Diego Union that he wished he could set up a free abortion clinic in Mexico to “stem the tide” of illegal immigration. Allred retired in 2005, according to Newman, and sold FPA, which operates 20 abortion centers in two states.
Newman said Irving “Bud” Feldkamp III purchased the abortion business from Allred and now, his son I.M. Feldkamp, IV, continues to operate it. With the closing of the Newport Beach clinic, FPA now consists of 14 surgical abortion centers and a fifteenth that dispenses the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug.
With FPA closing up shop in Newport Beach, it joins the closing of all five Golden Gate Community Health locations in the San Francisco area. Formerly known as Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, the GGCH abortion centers closed after financial problems and mismanagement forced national Planned Parenthood officials to disaffiliate the local affiliate.
Also earlier this month, two Pennsylvania abortion clinics operated by abortionist Soleiman M. Soli were closed by state officials in the wake of the discovery of Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” where he killed a woman in a botched abortion and killed hundreds of babies in birth-induced abortions that are essentially infanticides. Soli closed the clinics and retired rather than clean them up.
Newman said the closings brings the number of surgical abortion clinics to 681 nationwide, down from nearly 2,200 abortion centers in 1991.
“The abortion movement is failing and the industry is imploding. Public opinion continues to move toward the pro-life position. Even the political climate is beginning to shift. The days of abortion on demand in America are numbered and each day we move closer to the time when it crumbles for good under the weight of public rejection and its own indiscretions,” said Newman.
Newman said he hopes an abortion center in Michigan will be the next to be added to the list. As LifeNews.com reported, the Michigan Attorney General’s office has sued notoriously troubled abortionist Alberto Hodari to close his Lathrup Village abortion clinic because it does not meet licensing requirements.