by moderator Carla
Although it tried to keep the announcement low key by slipping it out on Black Friday, Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota gave pro-lifers cause for celebration with the news it will close its “GYN Special Services Clinic” – i.e., abortion mill – December 9.
The Regions clinic has committed abortions through 22 weeks since the 1970s. But business has dwindled this past decade, certainly in conjunction with the state’s falling abortion rate. According to TwinCities.com, Regions committed 545 abortions in 2010, down by almost half from 902 in 2000.
For the past 4-1/2 years passionate pro-lifers led by ProLife Action Ministries have conducted 40 Days for Life vigils twice annually outside of Regions. The prayerful protests drew public attention to the abortion mill inside the hospital and escalated the pressure from within to close. Many hospital employees encouraged 40 Days to continue and counted on us to get the word out using protests, boycotts and petitions.
It appears obvious that Regions coordinated the timing of its closure with the opening of a new mega-abortion mill by Planned Parenthood of Minnesota in the same city in December. Regions apparently realized there wasn’t room in St. Paul for two abortion clinics, which is a good thing.
Still, this is first abortion clinic to close in Minnesota in two decades. Briefly the number of mills in the state will drop from seven to six.
On a personal note, I have had the privilege of praying with at least three of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils in front of Regions and am still rejoicing over the news!
[Photo above, via Operation Outcry Wisconsin," is of Carla on left and a friend protesting at Regions on Abortion Provider Day in 2009]