Louisiana Abortion Facility Shuts Down, Moves Out

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bossier City, LA – Louisiana Right to Life has announced that an abortion facility in Bossier City has closed its doors and returned its outpatient facility license to the Louisiana Department of Health.

LRTL also reported that a moving van was spotted outside the Bossier City Medical Suite (also known as Abortion Assistance) on April 11, 2017.

The Bossier City Medical Suite abortion business, which offered both surgical and medication abortions, sued the State of Louisiana in Federal Court last year challenging several laws that regulated abortion (June Medical Services LLC, et al. v. Rebekah Gee, et al.). Louisiana Right to Life obtained a letter filed as a public record in that case from the Center for Reproductive Rights, which indicated the abortion facility had closed.

Operation Rescue confirmed that the phones to the abortion facility have been disconnected and their website has been placed in maintenance mode.

The Bossier City Medical Suite conducted over 7,000 abortions from 2006 to 2015, according to LRTL.

In 2009, there were seven abortion facilities in Louisiana. Today, there are just three. Those facilities are the notorious Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge, the Women’s Health Center (formerly Causeway Medical Clinic) in New Orleans, and Hope Medical Clinic for Women in Shreveport.

“Abortion facilities continue to close at a brisk pace all over the country. This is a trend that has been ongoing since 1991. Since then, 76 percent of all abortion facilities have shut down, contributing to a dramatic decrease in abortions nationwide,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “When abortion clinics close, lives are saved.”

View facility’s profile page at AbortionDocs.org.

NM Abortion Facility that Hoped to Evade TX Law Shuts Down, Moves Out

By Cheryl Sullenger

Las Cruces, NM – In an effort to evade Texas laws in 2014, the Texas-based Whole Women’s Health abortion chain established an abortion facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where abortion laws are virtually non-existent.

Now, after less than three years of intense prayer and outreach, the Coalition for Life of Las Cruces has announced that as of January 25, 2017, the abortion business has packed up their office, stripped the building of their signage, and moved out.

The Whole Women’s Health of Las Cruces is the third surgical abortion facility to close in the U.S. in 2017. It is also the third New Mexico abortion facility to shut down in the past six years.

After the 2013 enactment of Texas’ abortion facility licensing law, HB2, Whole Women’s Health and other abortion businesses were forced to shut down several of its Texas locations that failed to comply with the new law.

In an effort to recoup financial losses, Whole Women’s Health set up shop in Las Cruces, New Mexico, just over the state line from El Paso. In addition to taking advantage of lax regulation, the abortion business also referred minor girls from Texas across state lines to Las Cruces for abortions where they would not have to obtain parental consent, which is required in Texas.

It seemed like the perfect solution for the abortion chain – until pro-life activists got wind of their plans.

Pastors Manny and Grace Lardizabal of Albuquerque immediately led a prayer team to Las Cruces and covered the community and border area with prayer. When they showed up at the facility on its announced first day of business, the facility had failed to open.

Operation Rescue, working with New Mexico activists Bud and Tara Shaver and Martha Beasley, and others discovered that the Las Cruces abortion facility had later quietly opened through what appeared to be deception and in violation of zoning laws. However, the City of Las Cruces ignored the zoning issues and allowed the abortion facility to remain open.

Local activists with the Coalition for Life of Las Cruces banded together and maintained a large and powerful presence at the Whole Women’s Health, which likely contributed to the decision to close the facility. The group promised in a written statement to remain vigilant and prevent any other abortion facility from opening in that community.

“Financial issues drove Whole Women’s Health into New Mexico, and it is likely that financial issues also drove them out,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Abortion numbers are down and the border area is over-saturated with abortion facilities after the courts allowed two El Paso abortion businesses to reopen a couple of years ago. There just isn’t enough demand for abortions, which in itself is an answer to prayer.”

Operation Rescue congratulates everyone who worked and prayed for the closure of the Las Cruces abortion business. Prayers have been answered!

Roe v. Wade Fade: Six States Have Only One Remaining Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – On the 44th Memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion in America, we stop today to mourn the loss of an estimated 60 million innocent lives. However, amid that unspeakable tragedy, there is now reason to hope, according to information released today by Operation Rescue.

Last week, it was learned that two surgical abortion facilities, one in West Virginia and one in Kentucky are permanently closing. That adds those states to a growing list of states with only one abortion facility.

Today, the following six states have a single abortion facility:

• Kentucky
• Mississippi
• Missouri
• North Dakota
• South Dakota
• West Virginia

The Kanawha Surgicenter in Charleston, West Virginia, posted a sign on its door informing customers that it would permanently close on January 17, 2017. The Charleston Gazette reported that the owner and abortionist, Gorli Harlish, had moved to California two years ago and would no longer be commuting monthly to West Virginia to conduct abortions.

In Kentucky, the EMW Women’s Center announced that it would permanently close on January 27, 2017, after it lost its least in the building in which it had been operating since 1989. It was forced to halt abortions in June 2016, after it was discovered that it had been operating without a facility license.

In addition, there are ten states that have 2-3 abortion facilities remaining. Those states are Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

“As abortion facilities close, we see the number of abortions dramatically decrease in our country,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, referring to surveys recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute. “This tells us that more women are joining the trend of rejecting abortion. This is great news on a day that we remember the millions of babies — and all too often, their mothers — who have died since 1973. We pray that soon, no babies will die from the barbaric practice of abortion.”

Operation Rescue conducts annual surveys of U.S. abortion facilities and has documented the decrease in the number of abortion facilities over time. In 1991, there were 2,176 surgical abortion facilities in America. Today there are 516.

Since 2000, when the abortion drug Mifepristone (RU 486) was approved for use in the U.S., a number of abortion facilities have cropped up that only dispense abortion-inducing drugs. The number of those facilities today is 214.

Read OR’s statement on why abortions are decreasing.