Click to enlarge the great news, from the abortion clinic’s website

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Abortionist Peter Bours will turn 69 years old this July and has announced his retirement and the closure of his Eugene, Oregon, abortion mill effective February 28.

nycover_thBours originally launched an obstetrics practice in 1974 to deliver babies at home or in a birthing cabin he constructed on his farm property. When he built an office in town, “at the top of the building he hung a bell, to ring out the news of birth,” according to the New York Times Magazine in a 1985 cover story fluff piece:

For his wife, it was an idyllic time. ”In one year,” she recalls, ”we did 350 deliveries, and that was in just 365 days. I remember thinking, ‘I have the most wonderful job in the world.”’

But in 1977 Bours, a Stanford educated anti-war liberal, added abortion to his practice.

Peter-009-2After the protests started in 1983, Bours’ (pictured left) obstetrics practice fell off. Then there were two fizzled firebomb attempts in 1984. In 1985 Bours stopped seeing pregnant patients who wanted to keep their babies and focused solely on pregnant patients who wanted to kill their babies.

Part of this quote from the NYT piece has gone down in pro-life infamy. You’ll see the underlined section on many pro-life sites:

And an abortion on an advanced fetus, which has taken on more of a recognizable human form, takes a greater emotional toll on a doctor and his staff. Earlier that day, performing the procedure on the woman who wished no fourth child, Dr. Bours finished vacuuming her uterus, funneling the remains of the fetus into a sock of white gauze, suspended in a jar.

After an abortion, the doctor must inspect these remains to make sure that all the fetal parts and the placenta have been removed. Any tissue left inside the uterus can start an infection. Dr. Bours squeezed the contents of the sock into a shallow dish, and poked about with a finger. ”You can see a teeny-tiny hand,” he said.

At the sink and sterilizer, where the surgical instruments are cleaned, a nurse stood and turned on the faucet. ”I’ve been cleaning up after him for four years,” she said. ”We all wish it were formless, but it’s not. It has a form. And it’s painful. There’s a lot of emotional pain.”…

“There’s a 6-year-old boy that I delivered that I say hello to,” Dr. Bours says, ”and after the last newspaper article came out, he wouldn’t look at me. That’s the hardest thing for me, because I’ve always prided myself on my relationship with kids. It hurts me.”

heidi_jonathan_s_wedding_august_16-18_2012_164_-_version_2_mediumBours is a post-abortive father to a child conceived by his first wife before they were married. His third wife and RN partner, Joan Moss, pictured right, is a breast cancer survivor. Between them they have three living children.

Such a sad story. Bours got into the abortion business before the pro-life movement got its footing and in a sense was a guinea pig. One reason doctors today don’t get into the abortion trade is by seeing the example made of abortionists like Bours.

Troy Newman of Operation Rescue observed in an email this morning, “A bunch of the old relics that opened up right after Roe seem to be on the ropes or closing.”

A report at Lifenews.com on January 21 indicated 1,500 abortion clinics have closed since the high mark of 2,176 in 1991. The number is down to ~660:

In 2012, an average of 7 abortion clinics closed each month….

Five states; Arkansas, Mississippi, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, have only one clinic each.