Confirmed: Fourteen Texas Abortion Mills Shut Down While Electrical Outage Prevented Appointments in Dallas

By Cheryl Sullenger

Austin, TX – On the first Monday after an appeals court ruled that Texas abortion laws could be enforced, Operation Rescue has confirmed that 14 of 23 abortion facilities in Texas that were open for business before last Thursday’s ruling are either closed or no longer accepting abortion patients.

Operation Rescue called each of the 23 remaining Texas abortion clinics on the morning of October 6, 2014, and confirmed the closures. The research also revealed that the closures simply have not resulted in long waiting times for abortion appointments as wrongly predicted by abortion supporters.

“We are encouraged by the closure of these fourteen abortion facilities that were operating under substandard conditions that endangered the lives of women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which has worked to expose abortion abuses in Texas uncovered during its investigations in that state. “Abortion numbers should reach all-time lows in Texas, and that should be welcome news to everyone.”

Already, about half of the abortion clinics in Texas have closed due to a provision that requires abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges. Those closures have resulted in dramatic decreases in abortions in Texas, according to numbers released recently.

On Thursday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas could immediately begin to enforce HB2, a controversial state abortion safety law while the legal challenges is being appealed. This meant that for the first time, the state could enforce the regulation that requires abortion facilities to meet Ambulatory Surgical Center standards. Facilities that could not meet those safety standards were forced to close.

The fourteen abortion facilities that have halted abortions are:

• Austin Women’s Health Center in Austin
• International Healthcare Solutions in Austin
• Abortion Advantage in Dallas
• Planned Parenthood Health Services of North Texas in Dallas
• Routh Street Women’s Clinic in Dallas
• Hilltop Reproductive Health Services in El Paso (currently referring to their abortion facility in Santa Theresa, New Mexico)
• Whole Women’s Health in Fort Worth
• AAA Concerned Women’s Center in Houston
• Aalto Women’s Center in Houston
• Houston Women’s Clinic in Houston
• Suburban Women’s Clinic on Richmond in Houston
• Suburban Women’s Medical Clinic on Red Oak in Houston
• Women’s Center of Houston
• Whole Women’s Health in McAllen

Operation Rescue confirmed that nine abortion facilities remain open in Texas, including one in Austin, two in Dallas, one in Fort Worth, two in Houston, and three in San Antonio. Those abortion businesses are:

• Planned Parenthood of South Austin
• Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas
• Planned Parenthood South Dallas Surgical Center
• Planned Parenthood of Southwest Fort Worth
• Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center in Houston
• Planned Parenthood Center for Choice in Houston
• Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services in San Antonio
• Whole Women’s Health in San Antonio
• Planned Parenthood Babcock Clinic in San Antonio

However, of the nine abortion centers that remain open, Southwestern Surgery Center in Dallas was suffering a power outage and could not immediately take abortion appointments. A receptionist at that facility was asking women to call back later.


Listen to the Southwestern Surgery Center receptionist discuss power outage.

At the Planned Parenthood center in San Antonio a message noted that the “call could not be completed as dialed.” Phones at Planned Parenthood facilities in South Dallas, Austin, and Fort Worth simply did not ring Monday morning and appointment schedulers were unreachable.

Other facilities that remained open for abortions quickly answered their phones and most offered the first appointment this week that is required before an abortion can be done. Appointments for the abortion procedures available between Tuesday and Monday.

The Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center in Houston, owned by the notorious late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen, offered a first appointment today and the abortion tomorrow. Karpen holds no hospital privileges and cannot legally do abortions, although pro-life witnesses who offer help to women outside his facility have told Operation Rescue that they see him at the clinic several times per week.

Only Whole Women’s Health in San Antonio had a longer than expected appointment wait time, with the earliest offered appointment being two weeks away.

“This is such great news for those who cherish life. Our experience, confirmed by state abortion statistics proves that when abortion facilities close, abortions are reduced and lives are saved,” said Newman. “There are literally dozens of pregnancy help centers in Texas that offer free resources to women in crisis pregnancies standing at the ready to assist women with life-affirming help. With that kind of support, there is no reason for women to not get the help they need during their pregnancies.”

Interestingly, the recorded message that was played while callers were on hold at the Planned Parenthood in Houston assured callers that “Planned Parenthood stores are open.”

“It’s unusual for an abortion facility to describe itself as a ‘store’ but that is really what they are. They sell abortions to women, often using high-pressure sales techniques,” said Newman. “Marketing abortions to vulnerable women is what the abortion cartel is all about. Their resistance to meeting basic medical standards proves that they put profit first and the safety of their customers last.”

Newman and his colleague, Cheryl Sullenger, detail the strategy for closing abortion facilities in their new book, Abortion Free, which was released last week and is now available at Amazon.com.

  • God bless Texas!!! Now if we can get the ball rolling in every other state and save even more women and their precious babies from the evil of abortion.Good work Operation Rescue..please keep up the lifesaving work!!!

  • di from Oregon

    Amen to that Candy! Wow, what a victory for precious lives!

  • ChristinaDunigan

    No info on Abortion Docs about Austin Women’s Health Center, International Healthcare Solutions, Planned Parenthood Health Services of North Texas, AAA Concerned Women’s Center, Aalto Women’s Center, Houston Women’s Clinic, Suburban Women’s Clinic, Suburban Women’s Medical Clinic, and Women’s Center of Houston.

    Abortion Docs has the following on
    Abortion Advantage: http://abortiondocs.org/clinic/surgical/594/
    Abortion Advantage doctor Robert Prince: http://abortiondocs.org/clinic/abortionist/862/
    Routh Street Clinic: http://abortiondocs.org/clinic/surgical/597/
    Hilltop Women’s Reproductive Health Services: http://abortiondocs.org/clinic/surgical/599/el-paso-hilltop-womens-reproductive-center-dr-theard/
    Their doctor, Franz Theard: http://abortiondocs.org/clinic/abortionist/669/
    Women’s Center of Houston’s doctor Richard Cunningham: http://abortiondocs.org/clinic/abortionist/901/
    Their doctor Shah Siddiqi: http://abortiondocs.org/clinic/abortionist/913/
    Whole Women’s Health of McAllen: http://abortiondocs.org/clinic/surgical/619/mcallen-whole-womens-health-of-mcallen/

    Let’s shine a spotlight on the ones we have a seedy background on.

    Also — I’d heard that Karpen shut down because of the law. What’s up with him?

  • Cheryl Sullenger

    We only show ACTIVE abortion facilities on AbortionDocs. Once facilities stop abortions, we deactivate their profiles on AbortionDocs. I had the privilege of deactivating the facilities yesterday. As for Karpen, he still owns and operates the Texas Ambulatory Center, although, because he has no hospital privileges, he cannot legally do abortions. He has hired help for that. He shut down his second facility, the Aaron Women’s Center, some time ago and reportedly sold the building. So Karpen isn’t completely out of the killing business yet. Blood money still lines his pockets.

  • ChristinaDunigan

    When they close, can you leave them up with a “CLOSED!” graphic, perhaps with the reason why they closed? I want to tweet and blog about how abortion advocates are actually LAMENTING that these places are closed now, and ask why they think the closure of a seedy mill is a sad thing to them.

    Also you can make a note if their abortionist moves to a new facility — showing that seedy places pass along their quacks?

    The work on Abortion Docs is already done, and I have links to them! I’m paying $50 a year to keep my Kermit Gosnell Crimes wiki up because people have linked to it and it’s important as an example of what the state allows and what abortion advocates are willing to work hand-in-glove with.

    The work you do is absolutely phenomenal, and I want to make sure that people both USE the resource and CONTRIBUTE to it.

    Have you ever considered doing seminars (or presentations at prolife conventions) about why and how to gather dirt on abortionists and mills? That would be an AMAZING thing if every abortionist and mill in America had at least one prolifer watching it like a hawk and never letting them get away with things.

  • ChristinaDunigan

    BTW, the Pro Life Goons group on FB want to hijack the #waronwomen, so when you get juicy new dirt on an abortionist or mill, can you pass it along so that we can tweet it?

  • Cheryl Sullenger

    Thanks! I forgot that we added a “Closed” tab on AbortionDocs. You can see all the closed clinics there.
    http://abortiondocs.org/closed-clinics/