An abortion facility in San Antonio, Texas appears to be closing this December after dedicated pro-lifers worked for years to save babies from abortion there.
Several pro-life groups that do sidewalk counseling outside Whole Woman’s Health on East Southcross Boulevard in San Antonio confirmed this week that the abortion facility plans to close.
“We have confirmation from a woman that called to schedule an abortion and they told her today that they will be closing by the end of the year but referred her to Planned Parenthood or to Alamo Reproductive Services,” Texas Family Action wrote Thursday on Twitter.
The pro-life group said it does not know why the abortion facility is closing.
Tigers for Life, the student pro-life group at Trinity University, and Life Chain San Antonio also shared the news online. The students gave credit to A Woman’s Haven, a pro-life pregnancy center, and its mobile ultrasound van that provides women with free information and support outside the abortion facility.
BREAKING: Whole Women’s Health’s abortion facility on the south side of San Antonio has CLOSED! This was in large part thanks to the mobile ultrasound van that A Woman’s Haven runs. #prolifegen #prolife
— Tigers for Life (@TUProLife) December 26, 2018
Whole Woman’s Health San Antonio aborts unborn babies up to 17.6 weeks, according to its website. It is part of a larger Texas-based abortion chain that has amassed dozens of health and safety violations at its facilities.
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State health inspection reports obtained in 2017 show numerous problems with sterilizing and disinfecting instruments that were used on multiple women. The abortion chain also failed to provide a safe and sanitary environment at many of its Texas facilities, according to the inspection reports. State inspectors also found rusty spots on suction machines that had the “likelihood to cause infection” and other issues that put women’s health in jeopardy.
More inspection reports obtained by Texas Alliance for Life in 2013 also showed dozens of violations, including problems with the sterilization of abortion instruments, lack of an RN or LVN on staff, rusty suction machines and expired and unlabeled medications.
Whole Woman’s Health in Austin and McAllen also were caught illegally dumping aborted babies’ body parts and were fined $83,000, LifeNews reported in 2012.
In 2013, Whole Woman’s Health closed its Austin facility rather than comply with a new state law requiring that abortion clinics meet ambulatory surgical center standards. According to the Chronicle, the facility needed about $1 million in renovations to meet the new health and safety standards.
Instead, the abortion chain challenged the regulations to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. Since then, it has opened a new abortion facility in Austin.
Texas Family Action said the abortion chain will not win in the long run.
“This is the facility that sued the State of Texas on multiple pro-life laws passed by the legislation,” the pro-life group said. “Most of the battles they won in court, some they lost, but with their closing, it seems they have lost it all.”