Abortion clinics across the country are losing business as abortion rates drop and more women choose life for their unborn babies.
Seven states have had so many close that they are down to just one abortion clinic apiece, Bustle reports. Both West Virginia and Kentucky lost an abortion clinic in January, making them the sixth and seventh states with just one abortion clinic.
Other states with just one abortion facility left are Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, according to the report.
Abortion activists are mourning the development, claiming that women will suffer if they do not have easy access to abortion. Yet, they also blame pro-lifers for passing laws to protect women from unsafe abortion practices (of course, abortions also are always unsafe for the baby), because these laws sometimes lead to abortion clinics closing.
Kentucky, for example, recently became the seventh state with just one abortion clinic. A second Kentucky abortion facility closed permanently on Jan. 27 after the state caught it masquerading as a doctor’s office and performing abortions without a license. State inspectors also found unsanitary conditions inside the facility.
Despite the abortion clinic’s unsafe practices, Bustle writer Lily Feinn claimed its closing meant “access to safe reproductive healthcare is crippled” in Kentucky.
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West Virginia also saw an abortion facility close this year, making it state No. 6 on the list.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Kanawha Surgicenter, an abortion facility in Charleston, closed permanently on Jan. 17. The facility announced the news with a handwritten sign posted on the door. The news outlet also observed people outside the facility throwing away trash and medical supplies.
It appeared that the abortionist, Gorli Harish, may have closed the abortion facility to retire.
Last year, a Missouri Planned Parenthood also stopped doing abortions because it could not find an abortion practitioner with hospital admitting privileges for patient emergencies, as is required by state law.
There also are very serious concerns about the last remaining Missouri abortion facility, the St. Louis Planned Parenthood. In December, a group of Missouri pro-lifers called on the state to investigate and close the St. Louis abortion clinic after documents revealed frequent ambulance responses for patient injuries, Ozarks First reports.
According to emergency response logs, the St. Louis abortion facility has been calling 911 for patient complications once every six weeks on average since 2009, the News-Leader reports.
Abortion clinics in the United States are closing at a record pace as demand for their deadly business declines and abortionists retire, a 2016 Bloomberg analysis found.
Between 2011 and 2015, at least 162 abortion clinics closed or stopped doing abortions; 21 new abortion clinics opened in that same time period, according to the analysis. A report from Operation Rescue also showed 53 abortion clinics closed in 2015 alone.
The lack of business has been a major factor in the closing of abortion clinics, the Bloomberg report suggested. Abortion rates are dropping to historic lows across America as more women choose life for their unborn babies. In 2014, abortions dropped below 1 million for the first time since 1975, the Guttmacher Institute reported in January.
The Bloomberg analysis also suggested that some abortion clinics closed because fewer doctors are willing to be abortionists. Several facilities closed between 2011 and 2015 because they could not find a doctor willing to do abortions after their current one retired or was deemed “unfit” to practice, according to the report.