Planned Parenthood to Close Three Abortion Clinics in California

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 31, 2017   |   11:49AM   |   Sacramento, California

Three more Planned Parenthood abortion facilities will close this summer in California, bringing the national total up to 16.

The abortion chain has announced quite a few facility closings across the country already this year, including four in Iowa, two in Pennsylvania, one in Maryland, three in New Mexico, one in Wyoming and two in Colorado.

This week, Californians for Life confirmed that the Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in Vacaville, Pittsburg and central Richmond are slated to close on June 30. All three are located in northern California; they did abortions on unborn babies up to 10 weeks.

“As more Californians understand the humanity of the child in the womb, abortion rates continue to drop and as more women decide to go elsewhere for their comprehensive healthcare needs, there are fewer clients going to the nation’s largest abortion provider,” said Wynette Sills, director of Californians for Life.

Sills said California women still will have dozens of places to go for comprehensive health care. She pointed to dozens of local community health centers in northern California, which provide a wider variety of health care services than Planned Parenthoods but don’t do abortions.

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Sills said she thinks the undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s gruesome harvesting of aborted babies’ body parts also is prompting women to go elsewhere for health care. She encouraged women to visit to find federally qualified community health clinics in California.

California is one of the most abortion-promoting states in America, but even it is seeing abortion numbers drop. Pro-abortion groups have managed to thwart laws to protect unborn babies and moms in California, but they have not been able to stop the pro-life movement from offering support and teaching the facts about unborn babies and abortion. As a result, it appears that more women are rejecting abortion in favor of life for their unborn babies.

“More women know the humanity of the child in the womb, have experienced the pain of abortion and are getting the help they need when facing an unexpected pregnancy,” Sills said, “so that the number of abortions, even here in California, continues to decline, which is financially impacting the abortion industry.”

An abortion clinic not affiliated with Planned Parenthood also closed in Sacramento this spring, California Catholic Daily reports. Women’s Health Specialists abortion clinic executive director Shauna Heckert previously pointed to financial issues and a reduced demand for abortions as the reasons for closing.

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.

Abortion is big business for Planned Parenthood. The abortion group’s annual report shows it performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies in 2015, nearly 5,000 more than the previous year. Planned Parenthood does about one third of all abortions in the U.S.

Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood leaders refused an offer to receive an increase in taxpayer funding if the group stopped doing abortions. CEO Cecile Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortion – not women’s health care – is essential to Planned Parenthood.

Patient numbers and non-abortion health care services have been dropping in the past few years while its abortion numbers remain steady, the abortion group’s annual reports show.