Abortion Centers are Closing Because Killing Babies Isn’t Just 3% of What They Do

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 15, 2022   |   9:56AM   |   Washington, DC

Abortion facilities are struggling to stay open across the U.S. because pro-life state laws are stopping them from making money aborting unborn babies.

ABC News highlighted the abortion industry’s financial struggles post-Roe v. Wade in states where abortions are or soon will be banned. The report exposes how lucrative killing unborn babies in abortions really is and how abortions are not just a small percent of what these supposed women’s health care facilities do.

Currently, 15 states protect unborn babies by banning or limiting abortions, five have pro-life laws that will go into effect soon, and four more are fighting legal battles to enforce their pro-life laws in court, according to Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

In West Virginia, the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia in Charleston is aborting unborn babies again after a judge temporarily blocked the state from enforcing its pro-life law. But once the state abortion ban goes into effect, as many believe it will, the abortion facility likely will close.

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Executive director Katie Quinonez told ABC News that her facility has a $1.6 million annual budget, and abortions are 40 percent of its revenue.

“Being unable to provide abortion care absolutely puts us in a precarious financial position,” Quinonez told the news outlet. “Our ability to keep our doors open very much depends on revenue from the services we provide, as well as grants and donations.”

In other states where unborn babies already are being protected from abortion, many abortion facilities have closed and others are moving to pro-abortion states.

Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of the Whole Woman’s Health abortion chain, told ABC that their four Texas facilities will be closed soon, and they are raising money to open a new abortion facility in New Mexico.

Here’s more from the report:

The cost of closing clinics and reopening elsewhere is immense, Hagstrom Miller said. Due to the planned closures, Whole Woman’s Health has laid off roughly half its staff in Texas. Meanwhile, the company has sought to get out from under leases on two of its Texas facilities at the same time it has pursued a lease on a facility in New Mexico. On top of that, the company has looked for temporary storage for medical equipment and planned the relocation of remaining staff.

“All of that requires capital resources that we don’t have now because we’re not able to see patients, which of course is the major source of income in any medical practice, not just abortion clinics,” Hagstrom Miller said. “You don’t have income if you don’t have patients.”

“It is a big financial burden,” she added.

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group, found that 43 abortion facilities have closed or stopped aborting unborn babies since the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling in June.

While Planned Parenthood told ABC News that it has not closed any abortion facilities since the Supreme Court ruling and ABC repeated the debunked claim that abortions are only 3 percent of what it does, the nation’s largest abortion chain has been struggling financially, too.

In the spring, Planned Parenthood closed five facilities in Indiana, Idaho and Alaska, and five more in Vermont and New Hampshire, citing financial struggles.

These struggles are good news for unborn babies and mothers. Pro-life laws and fewer abortion facilities means more unborn babies will be saved from abortions.

“… recent studies show that the majority of women who are prevented from reaching an abortion provider due to travel distance give birth as a result,” a group of 154 pro-abortion economists and researchers told the U.S. Supreme Court in a brief last year.

Diana Green Foster, a widely known abortion activist and researcher at the University of California San Francisco, wrote at Rewire in 2019: “Stop saying that making abortion illegal won’t stop people from having them. … [O]nly 48 percent of unintended pregnancies are aborted in countries where abortion is illegal compared to 69 percent where it is legal indicates that many women have to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.”

The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates more than 153,000 unborn babies are being saved from abortion as a result of the pro-life laws currently in place.