A California abortion clinic with a reputation for injuring women recently shut its doors for good.
According to Californians for Life, the Women’s Health Specialists abortion clinic in Santa Rosa, California closed this spring after 28 years in business. Abortion clinic workers said the business closed because “there were not enough clients.”
Pro-lifers were holding regular 40 Days for Life prayer vigils outside of the abortion clinic when it closed. The group said it plans to continue the vigils outside of the abortion chain’s other locations in Sacramento, Redding and Chico.
“If an abortion business in Santa Rosa can close after 28 years, surely that can also happen in your community!” the group said in its newsletter.
The pro-life group’s newsletter has more:
The Women’s Health Specialists abortion chain’s former Medical Director Dr. Bruce Steir was a notoriously dangerous abortionist who hurt many women, including a woman who bled to death after he punctured her uterus during an abortion. Dr. Steir, who was on medical probation at the time, performed thousands of abortions at Women’s Health Specialist and was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
The Women’s Health Specialist abortion chain, which reportedly does 6,000 abortions a year, has been struggling financially for several years, taking out several loans and were involved in lawsuits over forcing workers to disrobe for group “self-exams”. This closure is huge news for California, where pro-abortion Democrats pushed through legislation to allow non-physicians to perform abortions, deregulated the abortion industry, increased the Medi-Cal reimbursement rate for abortion by 40% and forced life-affirming Pregnancy Clinics to refer clients to places like this for abortion.
The news comes amid reports of abortion clinics closing all across the country, many citing lack of business as a reason. In February, a Bloomberg analysis found that abortion facilities in the U.S. have been closing at a rapid pace in the past few years.
Between 2011 and 2015, at least 162 abortion clinics have closed or stopped doing abortions; 21 new abortion clinics opened in that same time period, the report states. The top four states that saw abortion clinics close were Texas with 30-plus, Iowa with 14, Michigan with 13 and California with 12, according to the report. A report from Operation Rescue also showed 53 abortion clinics closed in 2015 alone.
Lack of business has been a major factor in the closing of abortion clinics, according to the Bloomberg report. The news group found that of the 162 abortion clinics that closed, 19 percent were in counties with fewer than 100,000 people. This seems to indicate that rural abortion clinics aren’t doing as well financially. In February, a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Blacksburg, Virginia announced that it was closing for this very reason, LifeNews reported. A Bridgeport, Connecticut abortion clinic also told Bloomberg it closed in 2015 because of reduced demand.
As Californians for Life noted, the large number of abortion facilities that closed in California is interesting, given that state lawmakers are very supportive of abortion and even have passed several dangerous laws in the past few years to expand abortion.
Abortion rates are going down, too. The latest Centers for Disease Control report shows abortion rates are dropping to a historic low in the U.S. Although approximately 699,000 babies lost their lives in abortions in 2012, according to the report, that represents a decline of about half since the highs of more than 1.5 million in the late 1980s, when the effect of legalizing abortion in 1973 finally took its full effect. There also is a 30,000-plus decline from the previous year when 730,322 babies died from abortions in 2011, according to CDC report.
The news of more abortion clinics closing in California, coupled with the declining abortion rates, signals that, despite abortion activists’ efforts, pro-lifers are making a difference. Through laws, educational efforts and resources, more women are being empowered to choose life for their unborn babies.