Nashville is abortion-free after a Planned Parenthood in the city stopped aborting unborn babies last week.
The abortion chain ran the only abortion facility in Nashville after another independent abortion business closed earlier this year, the Tennessean reports. Now, there are six abortion facilities left in Tennessee.
WVLT News reports Planned Parenthood’s reason for stopping was because it could not find an abortionist willing to work with it.
Spokeswoman Tereva Parham said they hope to eventually find an abortionist and resume doing abortions, but they do not know how long that will take. She also said they are referring patients to abortion facilities in Knoxville and Memphis.
Though Planned Parenthood claims abortions are just a small part of what it does, the Tennessean noted that the Nashville facility’s waiting room was empty Monday, even though it still provides other health care services.
According to the report, the facility was the largest abortion provider in the state. In 2016, 11,235 unborn babies were aborted in Tennessee, according to the state Department of Health. Almost 20 percent of them, or 1,927, were in Nashville.
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Tennessee Right to Life President Brian Harris said they have been receiving more calls from women who are looking for abortions since last week. He said they refer them to life-affirming pregnancy centers and other forms of assistance and encourage them to choose life for their babies.
“The phone has been very busy here with women calling and looking for abortion referrals — busier than they’ve ever been,” Harris said.
The pro-life group also has been using social media to encourage pregnant women in the Nashville area. Its Twitter feed has a number of posts about free resources available to pregnant and parenting mothers, including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, baby clothing, diapers and more.
In August, the Women’s Center abortion facility in Nashville also closed after almost three decades of aborting unborn babies. Tennessee RTL said a local non-profit that provides life-affirming health care services to low income individuals bought the building where the abortion facility used to be.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. It reported 323,999 abortions in 2015, about one third of all abortions in the U.S.