An Arkansas Planned Parenthood stopped aborting unborn babies this month because of pro-life advocates’ strong presence outside its Fayetteville abortion facility.
The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports Brandon Hill, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, said they have had “increasing problems” with the landlord at their current facility and decided not to renew their lease.
He said the abortion group plans to re-open when it finds a new building. But any pause in abortions means lives will be saved.
He blamed the landlord for not doing more to stop pro-life advocates from reaching out to women outside the abortion facility.
According to the report:
He said the problems include “managing protester presence in the immediate vicinity of our facility and resultant concerns about patient and staff safety.”
For example, Hill said, an anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy center” organization began parking its van in a parking lot next to one used by the clinic. He said staff and patients “were alarmed and distressed by the van’s presence … Additionally, we feared increased protester visibility could lead to security issues.”
Hill said they hope to find a new facility as soon as possible, but they are having trouble with their search because most people do not want to rent to Planned Parenthood, an abortion business.
“We had previously hoped to restart providing services in a new location with little or no disruption in access to patients,” he told the local news. But “… some landlords are unwilling to rent to Planned Parenthood in light of the ongoing high-profile disputes over abortion.”
Because it is closing, the abortion facility dropped out of a lawsuit challenging a new Arkansas law that requires abortionists to be board-certified OB-GYNs, according to the report.
Planned Parenthood’s other abortion facility in the state and the independent Little Rock Family Planning abortion clinic still are challenging the law with the ACLU. The lawsuit also seeks to overturn a measure banning abortions after 18 weeks when an unborn baby is nearly fully formed and another that bans discriminatory abortions targeting unborn babies with Down syndrome.
Court documents indicate the Fayetteville abortion facility may re-join the lawsuit if it finds a new location, the local news reports.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in America. According to its 2018 annual report, it aborted 332,757 unborn babies and reaped in a record $1.66 billion in revenue.
Though Planned Parenthood is aborting more unborn babies, America is seeing fewer abortions annually. Data on abortions from the Guttmacher Institute and Centers for Disease Control show a steady decline in the abortion rate (number of abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age), and abortion numbers have dropped to historic lows in the past several years.
Research by Operation Rescue also found that 40 abortion facilities closed in 2018 as more women chose life for their unborn babies.