A Savannah, Georgia abortion facility that has been aborting unborn babies for more than 40 years closed for good over the weekend.
GPB News reports the Savannah Medical Clinic saw its last patient Friday. The facility opened in 1977 and did surgical abortions into the second trimester, according to the report.
The closure likely is due to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
A message on the abortion facility website also announced that it has closed forever.
“After 40 years of serving Coastal Georgia in providing abortion services, Savannah Medical Clinic is sad to announce we have closed our office and are no longer taking appointments,” the website states.
Aborting unborn babies is still legal in Georgia, but many expect that will change soon.
In 2019, a federal court blocked the state heartbeat law from going into effect, citing Roe. Now, however, because of the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health last week, a federal appeals court is expected to lift the block and allow the pro-life law to go into effect.
The law prohibits abortions on unborn babies once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. It also allows parents to claim unborn babies as dependents on their taxes and include the unborn baby in census data, and allows mothers to collect child support for pregnancy and delivery costs from the father prior to the baby’s birth.
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In 2020, 31,248 unborn babies were aborted in Georgia, according to state health department data. More than 60 percent were aborted after six weeks of pregnancy, meaning the heartbeat law would save tens of thousands of babies’ lives every year.
In a historic ruling Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health and allowed states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority.
Since the ruling, 13 states have banned abortions and more, including Georgia, are expected to do so in the weeks ahead.
For nearly 50 years, Roe forced states to legalize the killing of unborn babies for any reason up to viability and allowed states to legalize abortions without limits up to birth. The ruling made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks. As a result, more than 63 million unborn babies have been aborted.
Now, states are allowed to make their own laws regarding abortion again, and Guttmacher Institute researchers estimate as many as 26 will protect unborn babies by banning or strictly limiting abortions. These laws are expected to save hundreds of thousands of unborn babies from abortion every year.