Virginia Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Closes Center in Lynchburg
by Steven Ertelt
April 29, 2009
Lynchburg, VA (LifeNews.com) — The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Virginia has closed its center in Lynchburg, which did not do abortions but made referrals for them. The facility is the latest Planned Parenthood center to close as officials say the economic downturn is costing it donations and driving up costs.
The center on McConville Road, which distributed contraception and birth control to both adults and teenagers, will close down as of June 22.
Area resident Heather Bowling told WSET she is glad the abortion business has one less facility open that makes abortion referrals for women.
"Providing them condoms and the safe sex stuff is great, but if they go along the lines of providing a means to an end for the fetus then I don’t think it’s worth it to have it around," she said.
The Virginia center joins several others that have closed this year.
In March, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest closed its facility in Monroe, Washington due to tough economic times. That facility saw its last customer on March 31.
Although the center did not do abortions, it made abortion referrals to other Seattle-area Planned Parenthood centers that do both surgical and drug-induced abortions.
In January, the Planned Parenthood center in Latham, New York, a suburb of Albany, announced it would be closing.
The Latham facility is the smallest the organization oversees and, while it doesn’t do surgical abortions, it dispenses the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug that has killed more than a dozen women worldwide and injured over 1,100 in the U.S. alone.
Overall, a new report from March showed Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, has increased the number of centers that do abortions. The report indicates Planned Parenthood is increasingly relying on the abortion drug.
At the end of 2008, the total number of Planned Parenthood centers dropped from 855 in 2007 to 844 last year. The number of local affiliates of the Planned Parenthood federation decreased from 108 to 99.
While Planned Parenthood cuts its total number of centers providing non-abortion services, the number of abortion facilities is in the rise. It jumped to 295 last year from 287 the year prior.
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