In 1991 the United States had 2,176 facilities that offered surgical abortions. Incredibly, that number has decreased by 75% in the past 23 years! The total number of abortion facilities at the end of 2014 is 739 (of those, 551 are surgical abortion facilities, the remaining 188 are medication-only abortion facilities).
Why are abortion facilities closing? As LifeNews.com reports,
- “The enactment and enforcement of new state laws.
- Increased reporting by pro-life activists of incompetent and/or criminal behavior committed by abortionists.
- Financial struggles within the abortion cartel due to decreased demand for abortions.
- The retirement of abortionists who are not replaced.”
Operation Rescue (OR) is a pro-life organization that maintains a listing of abortion facilities and tracks clinic closures. OR President, Troy Newman, says “We are continuing to witness the implosion of the abortion cartel in America. The only things that are preventing total collapse are court injunctions that are blocking several state abortion safety laws from being enforced. Once those laws clear the courts, we expect to see even more dangerous abortion facilities close. This is great news for women and babies because when abortion clinics close, lives are saved.”
“As abortion facilities continue to close, abortion numbers continue to fall. While national abortion numbers remain incomplete, the average number of abortions decreases by about 3% annually. However, state statistics show that the drop in abortions that is more pronounced in areas where there are abortion clinic closures.”
This is encouraging news, there is a decreased demand for abortions. We wrote about that earlier when we showed that abortion regulations improve maternal health outcomes. The truth is, less women are demanding abortions and more women are getting the help they need, now that’s what we call good healthcare!