Planned Parenthood Abortion-Referral Biz Closes in Delaware

State   Steven Ertelt   Sep 9, 2011   |   12:37PM    Rehoboth Beach, DE

The Planned Parenthood abortion referral facility in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware closed with little warning on September 1 as officials with the abortion business say it wasn’t getting enough customers to remain open.

Emily Knearl, vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Delaware, told the Cape Gazette newspaper that the center closed for lack of business. Although it did not do abortions directly — it promoted birth control and STD testing — it referred women for abortions at Planned Parenthood centers in the northern part of the state outside Philadelphia.

Knearl told the paper that Planned Parenthood informed its customers by letter of the closing of the facility and provided them with a list of other places they could go for the same services. She said the abortion business was looking at another location with lower rent prices as an option, but ultimately decided to close.

“Planned Parenthood is saddened by the closure and hopes to offer sexual and reproductive health services again in Sussex County. In the interim, Planned Parenthood will continue to serve Sussex County with a variety of education classes and community outreach,” she said.

Carrie Keane, a midwife with Bayside Health Association, worked at the Planned Parenthood office and told the Gazette that it did not have medical staff on site and that it faced financial problems. She said all patient records would be transferred to the Dover and Newark Planned Parenthood centers.

The closing comes in the same week as news that an abortion facility in Louisiana was forcibly closed by state officials for violating state health and safety laws and on the heels of Planned Parenthood closing a clinic in Sherman, Texas.

Plannned Parenthood is opening a new abortion-referral center in Dubuque, Iowa and the abortion business is expanding hours in Tucson, Arizona.

Also recently, pro-life advocates were given the good news that an abortion center shut down in Pensacola, Florida. The closing follows news that Planned Parenthood would no longer do abortions at some Arizona locations because it declined to follow new pro-life laws enacted in that state.

Meanwhile, a California-based abortion business closed in July after 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer events there.

Earlier this year, Family Planning Associates, one of the largest abortion center chains in California, closed the abortion business it runs in Newport Beach. 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.”

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 year, 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.

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.