A Vermont Planned Parenthood facility will close for good at the end of February after more than 40 years.
A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England said they decided to close their Newport branch because of financial problems and the “reproductive health crisis,” likely a reference to pro-life laws and the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned later this year, WCAX News 3 reports.
“Because of limited resources and the national crisis for reproductive health access, we’re reallocating our resources,” spokesperson Kai Williams said. “PPNNE faced challenges delivering care at our Newport health center and the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated these issues.”
Asked for more details, Planned Parenthood spokesperson Eileen Sullivan told the VT Digger that the closure was caused by “complex” problems “including difficulty recruiting and retaining staff, low patient volume, facility needs and financial sustainability.”
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The Newport facility did not abort unborn babies, but it did do abortion referrals. It also provided birth control, pregnancy and STD testing and other services, according to the report.
The abortion chain’s complaints linking the closure to a “reproductive health crisis” do not make sense because Vermont is one of the most pro-abortion states in the U.S. This week, the state legislature passed a state constitutional amendment that would keep abortion on demand legal even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and the state has almost no restrictions on abortion.
Its reasons for closing suggest that its goals are financial, not patient-centered. Planned Parenthood and other abortion activists frequently complain about how pro-life laws close abortion facilities and force women to travel further. However, that is not the case in Vermont, and yet local news reports noted that the closure of the Newport facility will mean its former patients now will have to travel longer to similar facilities.
According to the VT Digger, the abortion chain’s St. Johnsbury facility plans to expand its hours and start providing abortion drugs in the future, but it is about 45 minutes away from Newport.
A local doctor with North Country Obstetrics and Gynecology, which does surgical abortions, said he plans to meet with Planned Parenthood to talk about helping its former Newport patients, the report continues.
However, Planned Parenthood provides very few actual health services, and it does not offer real choices to pregnant mothers, such as adoption support or prenatal care. Its “core mission” is abortions.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion chain. Its latest annual report, which is publicly available online, shows more than 354,000 abortions, about 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S.
Meanwhile, the same report showed that many of Planned Parenthood’s actual health services continue to decline. It provided less contraception, sterilizations, cancer screenings, adoption referrals and other women’s health services than the previous year, mirroring a continued downward trend.
Its patient numbers also have been dropping steadily over the past decade amid numerous reports of alleged unethical and illegal activities, including selling aborted baby body parts, botching abortions that killed women, covering up the sexual abuse of minors, discriminating against pregnant and racial minority employees, exploiting young girls by selling cross-sex hormones and more.