Abortion Business Closures Outpace Openings by Four to One in 2017

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, D.C. – For the first five months of 2017, abortion clinic closures continue to outpace the opening of new abortion businesses.

This continues a national trend that shows the abortion industry is imploding. So far in 2017, there have been 21 closures of abortion and abortion referral facilities, while only five have been known to open.

Operation Rescue tracks each change in the number of abortion facilities in the U.S. and publishes annual reports on closures.

The 21 closures break down as follows:

• Seven surgical abortion facilities.
• Five medication abortion facilities.
• Nine abortion referral facilities.

“There are multiple factors that are leading to abortion clinic closures,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Of course, defunding efforts are one of the primary reasons for closures, but another important factor is failure of abortion businesses to comply with the law.”

Abortion facilities in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia, closed due to their own bad behavior.

• Premiere ObGyn in Wilmington, Delaware, and American Women’s Services in Fairfax, Virginia, closed after being evicted for non-payment of rent. Both were owned by the notorious Steven Chase Brigham.
• EMW abortion facility in Lexington, Kentucky, was closed by the state for conducting abortions without a license.
• Planned Parenthood Metro DC in Silver Spring, Maryland, was evicted due to pressure from pro-life activists.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood organizations are undergoing a rapid reorganization. Four Iowa facilities affiliated with Planned Parenthood Heartland will soon close due to state defunding efforts. This includes three facilities that offered medical abortions. With these closures, Planned Parenthood will have shut down 20 facilities since 2010.

Other Planned Parenthood closures were announced by Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains. They will close three referral clinics in New Mexico, two in Colorado, and the only Planned Parenthood facility in Wyoming. These closures are attributed to a dramatic reorganization in the face of the likely prospect that the Trump Administration will successfully bar them from profiting from all federal programs.

“Planned Parenthood has grossly overestimated the demand for abortion, which is their most profitable endeavor,” said Newman. “Abortion numbers are decreasing each year, and now with the treat of federal defunding, Planned Parenthood is rushing to reorganize in order to remain financially solvent. We expect to see more of this reorganization trend as the federal government works to redirect tax money to women’s clinics that do not conduct abortions.”

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Closures outpace new opens

Three of the 21 Texas abortion facilities that closed after the passage of the 2013 abortion safety laws have reopened in Texas as the result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down a number of abortion safety requirements that these facilities could not meet.

Those Texas abortion facilities that have reopened this year include:

• Northpark in Dallas, owned by the notorious Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen.
• Audre Rapoport Women’s Health Center Planned Parenthood in Waco.
• Whole Women’s Health of Austin.

Whole Women’s Health shut down their low-volume Las Cruces, New Mexico, facility in January in order to have the staffing to reopen their busier Austin, Texas, location.

Similarly, east coast abortion chain owner Steven Chase Brigham opened the Capital Women’s Services in Washington, D.C. earlier this month following the closure of his Wilmington, Delaware, facility that was evicted for non-payment of rent.
Finally, the Carafem abortion chain opened a new office in Augusta, Georgia, in February. While posing as a “trendy” abortion office, it offers third-world style manual aspiration abortions along with the abortion pill.

“So far this year, abortion business closures are outpacing new openings by more than four to one,” said Newman. “It is clear that if Planned Parenthood is defunded by the Trump Administration, more abortion facilities and abortion referral centers will continue to close and more lives will be saved.”

New Video with Urgent Message to Senate: Defund Planned Parenthood Now

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – As the Senate considers legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, a new video produced by Operation Rescue provides a compelling reason for urgency.

The 1.5-minute video plays an excerpt from the chilling 911 call placed by Cree Erwin-Shepard’s mother when she found her daughter dead from a botched abortion on July 4, 2016. That is followed by a video clip of remarks made by Erwin-Sheppard’s brother, Tyler Sheppard, at a press conference held last month outside the Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Erwin-Sheppard received her fatal abortion.

Referring to Planned Parenthood, Sheppard explained, “They are ravaging these women . . . I want to know what happened. I want to know why my sister’s life wasn’t good enough to save.”

“Our federal tax money currently enables Planned Parenthood to continue to inflict human tragedy on our society,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The response of Cree’s family to her loss humanizes that tragedy. This gives new urgency to the Senate’s impending vote to defund Planned Parenthood. If this family’s grief and pain are overlooked or ignored, then the Senate is only creating conditions that will ensure more women like Cree will be injured or killed, and more families will suffer.”

Please contact your Senators today and demand the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
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Brigham Opens Clandestine Washington DC Abortion Facility after Eviction from Delaware

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – In the wake of the forced closure of his Delaware abortion facility due to failure to pay rent, the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham has quietly opened a new abortion facility in Washington, D.C.

Ever attempting to conceal his ownership and the true nature of his shady abortion business, Brigham is calling his new facility Capital Women’s Services, located at 6323 Georgia Ave NW, Suite 210, Washington, D.C. It is not listed on Brigham’s flagship American Women’s Services website, but a call to a 202-area code number listed for Capital Women’s Services is redirected to the American Women’s Services central appointment line.

A D.C. Business License Verification search yielded no results for Capital Women’s Services, Steven Brigham, or any of his many known business entities.

The abortion business offers medication abortions up to nine weeks and surgical abortion up to 24 weeks.

A description of medication abortions offered appears to imply use of the Abortion Pill cocktail of Mifeprex and Misoprostol. However, a confidential source has informed Operation Rescue that Brigham facilities mislead women into thinking they will get abortion pills, but actually receive cheaper, more dangerous Methotrexate injections, which, according to the source, have a worrisomely high rate of incomplete abortions.

Brigham has a decades-long history of flouting the law and engaging in deceptive practices. He has lost medical licenses in six states, most recently in New Jersey, which revoked his medical license for operating an illegal bi-state abortion facility and practicing without a medical license at an illegal late-term abortion facility in Elkton, Maryland.

In Delaware, Brigham obtained a lease on a Wilmington office space only by concealing his true business of abortion from the property owner, a deceptive practice Brigham may have used to obtain his new Washington, D.C. location.

Brigham has a habit of employing incompetent misfits of dubious character to conduct abortions at his facilities, and Capital Women’s Services is no different. The abortionist there is Myron Rose, an elderly abortionist who splits his time between the D.C. office and Brigham’s Maryland medication abortion centers in Baltimore and Cheverly, conducting both surgical and medication abortions.

Rose was disciplined last year after the Maryland Board of Physicians determined he lied on his renewal application about having completed the requisite number of hours of continuing education. He was fined $2,600.

“Brigham-run abortion facilities represent the bottom of a very rotten barrel. We warn women to avoid his facilities at all costs and never believe a word that is told to them by schedulers,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “I am aware that there are workers who are trying to help women within his organization, and I urge them to quit their jobs that only enable Brigham’s abortion abuses. For Brigham, the abortion business is all about money. Women’s lives and safety take a back seat to his bank account every time.”

Operation Rescue continues to actively work to halt Brigham’s abortion abuses and shut down his exploitive abortion facilities through the complaint process.