Texas Pro-Life Groups Celebrate Closing of Dallas Late-Term Abortion Business
by Steven Ertelt
June 24, 2008
Dallas, TX (LifeNews.com) — The rash of abortion centers closing down continues and pro-life advocates in Dallas, Texas are excited to learn that they’re next on the list. Aaron Womens Health Center, a late-term abortion facility, will be closing its doors, and that’s good news for the people who have prayed for this day to come.
Aaron Womens Health Center was one of three abortion businesses in Texas authorized to do late-term abortions when it upgraded its facility in early 2005 to comply with a new state law regulating abortion centers as "ambulatory surgical centers."
When it complied with the new law, it qualified to do abortions on unborn babies older than 16 weeks gestation.
Members of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, maintained a constant presence of peaceful prayer and sidewalk counseling in front of Aarons for over a decade.
They were the second group in the nation to undertake the 40 Days for Life campaign in 2004 that saw nearly 1,000 people from dozens of different churches participate.
We are overjoyed to hear that this notorious place of death is finally closing, Karen Garnett, executive director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, told LifeNews.com.
Not only is this a victory for the pro-life movement, for mothers and for babies, but it is a victory for Dallas as well, as the horrific practice of the killing of unborn children will take place at one less location in our city," she added.
Garnett said Saturday is the last day for abortions at Aaron Womens Health Center.
Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Diocese of Dallas chimed in as well, saying "This is the best news Ive heard all week."
He expressed his personal gratitude to everyone who has offered prayers and sacrifices for an end to the killing.
Although abortion advocates say women will be left without pregnancy help and resources if abortion ever becomes illegal, Garnett said her group and others are prepared to meet women’s needs.
Her organization is also prepared to help the women who had abortions at Aaron’s or other abortion centers who might be experiencing medical, mental health or spiritual problems following the abortion.
"We stand ready to offer help and healing to those who have made the abortion decision at Aarons or any other abortion facilities," she told LifeNews.com.
In the 1980s, there were 13 abortion centers in Dallas and seven have closed since then. After Aarons closes, only five abortion centers will remain in the area.
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