Frank Silver was evicted from his office on North Buffalo in Las Vegas on December 10, but local pro-life advocates only recently discovered that had happened. The abortion center was set back from the street in a business park in which it was located, so Operation Rescue president Troy Newman told LifeNews today that, when the eviction notice was posted, pro-life supporters were not immediately aware of it.
“We knew that this office had closed, but we only got news of Silver’s eviction last week,” he said. “This eviction is just more evidence of a failing abortion industry and of an abortionist who cannot or will not follow the law and keep his contractual obligations.”
The building was sealed by authorities with an orange sticker that reads “Warning, Keep Out,” but the sticker has been broken, Newman said.
With the closing of one of Silver’s Las Vegas abortion facilities, Newman says there are now six abortion clinics left in Nevada — with five of them operating in Las Vegas and one in Reno. Since 1991, over two-thirds of all surgical abortion clinics have closed across the country.
“In 1991, there was an estimated 2,200 abortion clinics in the U.S. Today that number had dropped to 679, and continues to decrease by the month,” said Newman. “The closing of Silver’s clinic brings us another step closer to a final end to abortion in this nation.”
News of Silver’s eviction comes after news that the Planned Parenthood abortion business closed one of its northern California centers.
That closing comes after Planned Parenthood of Central Texas announced last month it would close two of its centers that make abortion referrals to its main location. The affiliate of the national abortion business did not give any reasons for closing the locations in Groesbeck and Marlin, Texas.
The closings follow the permanent closure of a Planned Parenthood abortion referral center in Ohio. Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio will be closing one of its centers north of Columbus, in Galion, because it says it is has come up on financial difficulties that make it necessary to consolidate.
A March report from the organization STOPP International shows that, for the fifth straight year, the number of Planned Parenthood centers has declined. In 2010, the Parenthood Federation of America opened 18 new clinics and closed 49, bringing its total clinic number down to 785 – the lowest it has been since 1986. That indicates the Planned Parenthood abortion business is closing centers faster than it can open new ones and the total number of facilities it operates has hit a 25-year low.
The abortion business ended the year with a total of 321 abortion facilities with 165 doing surgical abortions and giving out the abortion drug mifepristone, and another 156 dispensing the abortion drug but not doing surgical abortions. This represents an increase of 5.5 percent from the 304 abortion facilities it operated at the end of 2009 and, although Planned Parenthood likes to talk about the low percentage of abortions it does compared to other “services,” more than 40 percent of its centers do some type of abortion.
The STOPP report also indicates Planned Parenthood appears to have abandoned the Express Clinic concept it began in 2003, whereby it would open small storefront operations in smaller cities and rural areas where a freestanding facility would prove too costly to operate. Although some facilities still carry the “Express” name, all have returned to offering the range of services and physical exams as is done at a standard PPFA clinic, the report says.