Planned Parenthood is floundering even in pro-abortion New England states.
WCAX 3 reports the billion-dollar abortion chain plans to close five facilities in Vermont and New Hampshire on June 12, citing staffing problems and politics.
The facilities are located in Hyde Park, Bennington, St. Albans and Middlebury, Vermont, and Claremont, New Hampshire, according to the report. It also closed another Vermont facility earlier this year.
“When we were looking at which health centers to expand and which would be closing, we looked at geography,” Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Nicole Clegg told the news outlet. “We looked at distance to make it somewhat manageable for folks.”
Clegg said several of their other facilities plan to expand their hours, and they are promoting more “telehealth” visits. These “telehealth” appointments involve meeting with a medical worker online, rather than in person, before abortion or birth control drugs are sent through the mail. This is cheaper for Planned Parenthood but more dangerous for the patient. In-person care is more effective, and the patient may not have a doctor available locally if they suffer emergency complications.
Clegg also said “underfunding” has been a problem, though it is not clear if she meant tax dollars or donations or both.
Earlier this year, New Hampshire lawmakers did vote to reject contracts with Planned Parenthood and several other abortion groups, defunding them of more than $1 million in state taxpayer dollars. However, the Biden administration responded by giving the New Hampshire Planned Parenthood affiliate $500,000 in federal tax dollars instead.
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Meanwhile, in Vermont, Democrat lawmakers are trying to expand abortions. Neither Vermont nor New Hampshire have many restrictions on abortion.
Planned Parenthood spokesperson Eileen Sullivan told the VT Digger earlier this year that the Newport closure was caused by “complex” problems “including difficulty recruiting and retaining staff, low patient volume, facility needs and financial sustainability.”
Pro-abortion groups also are worried that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade this summer and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. However, Vermont and New Hampshire are not expected to ban or restrict abortions anytime soon. Notably, the local news mentioned that Planned Parenthood expects more women to come to New England from pro-life states for abortions if Roe is overturned – and yet it is closing facilities.
All this suggests the real reasons for the closures are a lack of public support. It is possible that donations are down and likely that women are rejecting Planned Parenthood in favor of legitimate health care providers. Most Americans looking for work do not want to work for the abortion industry either.
Planned Parenthood has aborted more than 8 million unborn babies since abortion became legal nation-wide in 1973. Its most recent annual report showed a record number of abortions in 2020: 354,871, which is 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 by Planned Parenthood, 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.