Planned Parenthood Abortion Referral Clinic Closes in Michigan: Didn’t Get Enough Customers

State   Steven Ertelt   Nov 13, 2014   |   4:49PM    Iona, MI

The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Michigan has closed an abortion referral clinic because it didn’t get enough business. The pro-life group Right to Life of Michigan responded to the closing:

Planned Parenthood has decided to close its clinic in Ionia, Michigan. The clinic did not provide abortions but did do abortion referrals. In the article, Planned Parenthood cites a dramatic decrease in clients as a reason for the closing. They also curiously claim “decreased funding” as a reason for closing while at the same time mentioning a fundraising campaign which raised more than $4 million

Here’s more on the closure:

plannedparenthood84Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) announced Wednesday that it will close its Lemmen Health Center, based in the Ionia County Health Department building at 175 E. Adams St., Dec. 30.

According to PPWNM Vice President of Medical Services Bridget White, the organization’s senior leadership team decided to close the Lemmen Center “to better position PPWNM to weather the ongoing challenges that we, like most health care providers, are facing in these times of growing need, skyrocketing costs, and decreased funding.”

The closure decision was made after careful evaluation of all PPWNM health centers and the communities served, said White.

“Lemmen Center has seen a steady decline in patient numbers, down 21 percent in the past year and nearly 29 percent since 2011,” she said. “This health center was selected for closure based in part upon the potential access to services through other local providers.”

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Abortions in Michigan continue to decline as the state works to protect every unborn child possible from becoming a victim.

“The Michigan Department of Community Health recently released figures for abortions in Michigan in 2012,” says Right to Life of Michigan.

RLM added: “Abortions were down 0.59%, from 23,366 in 2011 to 23,230. Abortions are down 52.7% from their high in 1987. Every decline is welcome, but our work in Michigan must continue, every abortion is a tragedy.”

The pro-life group pointed out some highlights form the state report on the abortion decline:

  • 51% of abortions performed on Michigan residents were repeat abortions.
  • 295 abortions were performed after 20 weeks
  • 48% of abortions were performed on black women, 44.8% were performed on white women and 3.4% on women who had abortions had Hispanic ancestry
  • The number of abortions performed on teenagers dropped again.  Only 13.5% of abortions performed on Michigan residents were performed on women younger than 20.  In the early 1980′s this age group had more than 30% of Michigan’s abortions.