Operation Rescue has posted a year-end report on the number of abortion clinics that closed in 2013, and the news is good.
OR, which hosts AbortionDocs.org and tracks abortion clinic comings and goings, reports a whopping 87 surgical abortion clinics and six medical abortion clinics closed in 2013, for a total of 93.
Put together with the discovery of six previously unknown abortion mills, “[t]his represents an impressive 12% net decrease in surgical abortion clinics in 2013 alone, and a 73% drop from a high in 1991 of 2,176,” writes Cheryl Sullenger of OR.
The total number of remaining abortion clinics stands at 759.
All six abortion pill clinics that closed were Planned Parenthood affiliates, Sullenger told me via email. Nevertheless, OR reports Planned Parenthood still operates 93% of all abortion pill clinics. It also operates about 30% of all surgical abortion mills.
In its November 27 story, “The Vanishing Abortion Clinic,” Bloomberg listed several reasons for the recent rash of abortion clinic closures:
New laws are responsible for roughly half of the closures, while declining demand, industry consolidation, and crackdowns on unfit providers have also contributed to the drop.
Last month the Centers for Disease Control reported a 3% drop in abortions for 2010, which followed a 5% drop in 2009. While there are likely several reasons for this, decreasing access must be one.
Pro-lifers are still working toward the elusive victory of an abortion-free state. At present five states have only one abortion provider: Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
On that front the Associated Press reported on December 18 that Red River Women’s Clinic in North Dakota was “on pace to end the year with the fewest number of pregnancy-ending procedures recorded in more than a decade… [with] about 1,125 abortions – around a 15% drop from the 1,330 in 2012.” If the trend continues, at some point the business will have to fold.
Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic was granted a temporary reprieve this spring when a judge enjoined a law enacted in 2012 requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Clinic owner Diane Derzis sued and will get her day in court this coming spring.