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The last three late-term abortion clinics of what was once was a chain of six in Northern California is closing this week, reports Wynette Sills of 40 Days for Life Sacramento.

Choice Medical Group once committed abortions in Concord, Fremont, Sacramento, Salinas, San Francisco, and San Jose.

The Salinas clinic closed a few years ago, Concord followed last year, and San Francisco this past March.

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When a member of Wynette’s group called the Sacramento office last week, they got a pleasant surprise. A receptionist told her that clinic and the Fremont and San Jose clinics were all closing this week. “We just didn’t have enough patients,” she said, when asked why the clinics were shutting down.

Northern California has undergone a spate of abortion clinic closings.

Recall Golden Gate Community Health closed five clinics in 2011 after an unsuccessful attempt to recover from being cut loose by Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Known then as Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, the affiliate was aborted for financial mismanagement. Also recall PPGG created the now infamous “A Super Hero for Choice” video.

PPGG’s territory was divided between the Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific affiliates.

The downside to this story is that since reorganizing the area, Planned Parenthood has opened six new clinics – one referral (Oakland), three medical abortion (Hayward, Mill Valley, , Ukiah), and two surgical abortion (San Francisco, Santa Rosa).

This, in part or whole, explains why Choice ran its course and went defunct. PP is successfully driving out its abortion competition, although neither of its two surgical abortion mills commit late-term abortion, both stopping at 14 weeks.

The answering machine at the after-hours Choice Group phone number does not give any indication its group is closed. That said, it still provides numbers for the clinics it lists on its website as long defunct.

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