Eight States are Almost Abortion Free and Have Just One Abortion Clinic Left

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 23, 2017   |   4:28PM   |   Washington, DC

The abortion industry is losing business as more women choose life for their unborn babies. And as abortion rates drop steadily, the number of abortion clinics does, too.

This week, the liberal outlet Vice News lamented that eight states have only one abortion provider left. These are Kentucky, West Virginia, Wyoming, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Arkansas.

West Virginia and Kentucky each lost an abortion clinic in January, making them the seventh and eighth states on the list.

Abortion is a big money-making business, so it makes sense that clinics would close as demand for abortion drops. In 2014, abortion numbers fell below 1 million for the first time since 1975, the Guttmacher Institute reported in January.

Vice interviewed the abortion providers in the eight states, and their statements were quite telling. The interviews revealed a callousness about making sure women are safe and fully informed and, though unintentionally, hinted that money is at the root of what the abortion industry does.

Sharon Lewis, the executive director of the last abortion clinic in West Virginia, criticized state lawmakers for making it harder for abortion clinics to operate.

Lewis blasted one law in particular because it requires a licensed medical professional to provide women with information and answer their questions before the abortion.

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“In 2002, the Legislature passed the so-called Women’s Right To Know Act, which required that a biased counseling script had to be delivered to every patient by a licensed medical professional. So we had to hire somebody. And that’s the kind of thing the anti-choice people advocate for, because it costs us additional money,” Lewis told Vice.

These types of laws are necessary because abortion clinics often do not inform women of their pregnancy options, the risks of abortion and facts about prenatal development. Some mislead and even lie to women. Lewis’s next statement was a perfect example of this.

“The majority of our services are what we call in-clinic procedures; the trend is to get away from calling it surgery,” Lewis said. “It’s not really surgery. We’re not cutting people.”

Many abortion procedures do involve cutting people – unborn people. Abortionists use sharp tools in D&E (dismemberment) abortions and D&C (aspiration) abortions, and the purpose of a sharp tool is to cut.

Brent Blue, physician and director at the abortion clinic Emerg-A-Care in Wyoming, said his state passed a “stupid” informed consent law earlier this year.

“… patients have to be offered the opportunity to look at the ultrasound, but we do ultrasounds anyway, so if they want to look, all they have to do is turn their head to the right,” Blue said. “It’s a law that has no teeth, and there’s no way to enforce it. It won’t change one thing for us.”

Far from being “stupid,” this law helps to protect women’s interests by ensuring they have access to information. Women have said that abortion clinics refused to allow them see ultrasounds of their unborn babies or urged them not to look. This law will ensure women know they have the opportunity to see their unborn child.

Vice also spoke with Sarah Stoesz, president of the Planned Parenthood affiliate in South Dakota, which runs the last abortion facility in the state. Stoesz admitted that they cannot find local doctors who are willing to abort unborn babies, so they have to fly in abortionists from other states.

“None of our physicians are from Sioux Falls; we’ve never been able to hire a doctor from the area,” Stoesz said. “So we have four doctors who fly in on rotation. It’s a tremendous waste of resources and it’s very expensive to keep this practice up.”

This means the abortionists likely are not available to help women who experience emergency complications after they leave the abortion facility.

As the abortion industry’s abusive practices continue to be exposed, it’s hopeful that more will close and more babies’ and mom’s lives will be protected.