Abortion Center in Youngstown, Ohio Closes After 34 Years in Business

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 19, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Center in Youngstown, Ohio Closes After 34 Years in Business

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 19
, 2010

Youngstown, OH (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates from Ohio heading to this year’s March for Life later this week will have a reason to celebrate. That’s because the abortion business that has operated in Youngstown for over 34 years permanently closed its doors last week.

The Mahoning Women’s Center in Youngstown announced that its last day of doing abortions was last Tuesday.

Operaton Rescue officials informed LifeNews.com of the closure today and indicated the owner of the abortion center has retired and the building will be sold. As a result, there is no longer an abortion facility in the large eastern Ohio city.

"This is such great news for the people of Ohio and all Americans. It means that lives will be saved," OR president Troy Newman said this morning. "We know from experience that when abortion clinics close, many women who would otherwise have opted for abortion will instead happily keep their babies or release them for adoption."

Newman says the closure follows a well-documented national trend of abortion centers closing up shop despite abortion remaining legal without many limits nationwide.

In 1991, there were nearly 2,200 abortion centers, but OR indicates that, today, 712 are operating.

"This week, we mark the 37th memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion and we mourn for the 50 million babies that were the cruel victims of that decision. Yet, at the same time, we rejoice that abortion clinics are closing at an unprecedented rate and that an increasing number of Americans are rejecting abortion in favor of embracing and cherishing life," Newman told LifeNews.com.

"The foundations of Roe have crumbled, and the abortion industry is not far behind," said Newman.

News of the closing comes as the pro-life group has announced a new campaign offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortion practitioner who are breaking the law. The campaign is designed to put more abortion centers out of business.

Though Youngstown no longer has an abortion center, pregnant women still have several options for help and support.

The Pregnancy Help Center on 4845 Market Street provides numerous services as does the Pregnancy Services of Western PA in nearby Sharon, Pennsylvania, and the Pregnancy Resource Center in Warren just 15 minutes away.

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