2017 Abortion Facility Survey: Abortion Clinic Numbers Keep Dropping

An Operation Rescue Special Investigative Report
By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC — In a year that abortion businesses attempted to expand in America, the actual number of abortion facilities decreased by 27 clinics over 2016 totals.

Closures far outpaced newly opened abortion facilities in 2017. In all, 49 abortion facilities — 35 surgical and 14 medication only clinics — closed or halted abortion services. Only eight new surgical abortion facilities were opened, along with eleven new medication abortion facilities.

There was also some movement between categories. Fourteen surgical abortion facilities now only conduct medication abortions, while five medication abortion facilities added surgical abortions.

These encouraging statistics and more were verified through an annual survey of abortion facilities conducted by Operation Rescue staff, this year with the assistance of Abortion Free New Mexico.

“Operation Rescue’s annual surveys provide the most complete and accurate picture of abortion facilities available — straight from the horse’s mouth,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.


Each year, Operation Rescue surveys each abortion facility in the U.S. using a number of investigative methods. Each facility was directly contacted. Abortion facility personnel voluntarily verified that abortions were available, and shared information on abortion pricing and wait times, although they were not aware the information was going to Operation Rescue.

By the Numbers

In 2017, there are 704 abortion facilities remaining in the U.S. Of these, 490 offer surgical abortions, often along with medication abortions. There are 214 facilities that offer only medication abortions.

Forty-five percent of all states had at least one abortion facility that closed or halted all abortion services this year.

Surgical abortion clinics decreased in number by 26% since 2009, the first year Operation Rescue began keeping records. Overall, there has been a 17% decrease in the total number of abortion facilities in America since 2009.

Since 1991, when there were 2,176 active surgical abortion facilities, only 23% of that number of surgical clinics are operating today.

“Pill Mills”

Abortion facilities that offer only abortion-inducing drugs, also known by pro-life activists as “pill mills,” held steady at the same number as in 2016. Closures balanced evenly with new opens and clinics that dropped surgical abortions in favor of the abortion pills.

Medication abortions involve a two-drug cocktail comprised of Mifepristone, also known as the RU486 Abortion Pill, and Misoprostol, a drug that causes strong and often unpredictable uterine contractions. A very small number of facilities provide medication abortions via injection of Methotraxate, a chemotherapy drug that causes abortions, albeit much less efficiently than the Abortion Pill cocktail.

“Abortion facilities that provide only abortion drugs comprise an increasing slice of an ever-shrinking piece of the abortion pie,” said Newman. “While surgical facilities are closing at an impressive rate, pill mills are holding their own.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood reduced its number of abortion facilities by consolidating services into fewer locations. In 2016, Planned Parenthood operated 354 facilities that conducted abortions. Today, there are a total of 347 Planned Parenthood facilities that offer abortions. Of those, 160 are surgical abortion facilities, and 187 provide only medication abortions.

Not counting Planned Parenthood’s vast – but shrinking – network of referral clinics that do not offer abortions, Planned Parenthood facilities now account for 49% of all abortion facilities in the U.S. Nevertheless, they only account for 30.6% of all abortions done in the U.S.


A handful of facilities that were closed by their states that reopened in 2017. For example, in Texas, of the 20 abortion facilities were forced to close in 2013 for failure to comply with new abortion safety regulations, three reopened this year after the U.S. Supreme Court that negated parts of that safety law. However, 17 of the original 20 abortion clinics that shut down remain closed.

Why Abortion Facilities Close

One reason abortion clinics are closing is due to a decreased demand for abortions. There appears to be a correlation between clinics closing and a decrease in abortion numbers. According to the CDC, abortion numbers have been dropping steadily since 2005. The CDC’s 2014 Abortion Surveillance report indicated that from 2005 to 2014, among 48 areas that reported every year during this period, the total number of reported abortions decreased 21%, the abortion rate decreased 22%, and the abortion ratio decreased 21%. A comparable decrease of in abortion clinic numbers — 17% — has been tracked by Operation Rescue from 2009-2017.

Some facilities have not been able to compete in an ever-shrinking abortion market and have been forced to downside or shut down. At the same time, when abortion facilities close, abortion numbers decrease even more.

When abortion clinics close, lives are saved!

Other reasons for clinic closures include:

• Successful pro-life activism.
• Failure of facilities to comply with licensing and safety regulations.
• Aging abortionists retiring or passing away.
• New state laws.

Notable Closures

Some of the notable clinic closures that took place in 2017 include:

Germantown Reproductive Health Services and Prince George’s Reproductive Health Services in Maryland: The Germantown facility employed late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, and was one of the nation’s few abortion centers that would abort babies throughout all nine months of pregnancy. When the Maryland Coalition for Life purchased the building earlier this year, the deal also included the closure of the Prince George’s facility, which was operated by the same owners. That was two closures for the price of one!
The Office of Robert Santella in San Diego, CA: This abortionist was forced to surrender his medical license after the California Medical Board determined he engaged in unprofessional conduct during a demonic rant outside another San Diego facility where he worked. The incident, which included Santella threatening a pro-life activist with a pair of surgical scissors, was caught on video, which went viral on YouTube.com.
Planned Parenthood of Metro DC in Silver Spring, MD: A pro-life campaign to close this facility succeeded when the Planned Parenthood’s landlord refused to renew its lease. Public pressure works!
Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center, Harrisburg, PA: This facility was ordered to close by the state in June 2017, after gross violations were found during an annual licensing inspection.
Bossier City Medical Suite, Bossier City, LA: This facility was in the middle of a lawsuit challenging abortion licensing requirements that it could not meet when it suddenly closed its doors. Pro-life activists rejoiced at the sight of a moving van outside the seed abortion facility in April.

“We rejoice that the abortion cartel is imploding and closing down. We are making progress. But they are not going down without a fight,” said Troy Newman. “We continue to work and pray that we will soon see an end to abortion in our nation. Let’s stop the killing and, in the words of President Donald Trump, make America great again!”

Coming soon! Operation Rescue’s exclusive analysis of abortion costs and wait times.

Abortion Business Turns One California Main St. Into “Murderer’s Row”

Take action to help clean up Main Street!

By Cheryl Sullenger

El Cajon, CA — It did not take long for the FPA Women’s Health abortion business in San Diego to find a new location once it shut down its location on Miramar Road. Now, it is open for business in the East County community of El Cajon – right on Main Street next door to a large grocery store — and just 220 yards away from its competitor, Planned Parenthood.

Why would FPA want to move within easy walking distance of Planned Parenthood? Probably because their new Planned Parenthood neighbor is a non-profit that only offers medication abortions, while FPA is a for-profit abortion business that offers both medication and surgical methods. To complicate matters, Planned Parenthood and FPA have long been fierce competitors in California.

“FPA has turned Main Street into ‘Murderer’s Row,’ and I’m guessing there won’t be enough room in town for both abortion businesses. At least one of them is bound to fail,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Abortionist Karen Mann, who once staffed the notoriously troubled FPA facility in Bakersfield, is expected to bring her dubious practices to El Cajon. She has been involved in a number of medical emergencies, including one incident where an ambulance was called for a patient described by witnesses as “lifeless.”

The San Diego County branch of FPA Women’s Health, which is part of a chain of 22 abortion facilities located throughout California, has been forced to move several times over the years.

“Every time an abortion business is forced to move, it loses business,” said Newman. “Once an abortion facility opens up in a new neighborhood, it usually comes as an unpleasant surprise to those who live and work in the area. Face it, no one wants an abortion facility next door to the grocery store where they regularly shop with their families.”

Now, pro-life activists are hoping that the move to El Cajon will be the final straw that will shut down FPA’s abortion operations in San Diego County for good. Local groups have a plan to focus on the property owner/broker, Daniel Guefen, in an attempt to help him understand how much abortion harms families, communities, and the businesses around it.

There’s a way that pro-life supporters across the country can help clean up Main Street, at least in this one California community.

“We want everyone to join in this campaign to ask Mr. Guefen to terminate his business dealings with FPA. There are few locations that will accept an abortion business as a tenant. If Mr. Guefen tells FPA they cannot stay on his property, they may not be able to find another location soon, if ever,” said Newman. “When abortion clinics close, lives are saved.”

Please call the property owner/broker Daniel Guefen to politely convey what a terrible mistake he has made in leasing to a business who makes its money by hurting women and killing children. Ask him to stop doing business with FPA Women’s Health.


Daniel Guefen
Phone: (858) 945-2499
Web page for e-mails: http://www.danielguefen.com/ContactUs/default.aspx

Houston Abortion Facility That is Subject of Criminal Referrals is Closing, For Lease

Two other abortion businesses sold or for sale.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Houston, TX – Abortion businesses in three states are preparing to close their doors for good as their facilities have either sold or are up for sale or lease.

The Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center, owned and operated by the notorious abortionist Douglas Karpen, is now displaying a “For Lease” sign on the building. Sources tell Operation Rescue that a security guard told local pro-life activists that Karpen planned to retire soon.

Operation Rescue independently confirmed that Karpen’s abortion business “winding down” and should be closed by the end of the month because Karpen is supposedly “moving on to other things.”

Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen.

Karpen is currently the subject of criminal referrals made to the Department of Justice and the Texas Attorney General’s office by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. He has been accused by former employees of murdering babies born alive during late-term abortions by twisting their heads or cutting their necks.

Operation Rescue released an investigative report in May 2013, about the Karpen murder allegations that included photos of the bodies of large aborted babies taken by one of the Karpen’s clinic workers with her cell phone. That report, which included a video interview of the former employees released by Life Dynamics, Inc., prompted a grand jury “investigation” that was tainted by collusion between former Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and Karpen’s criminal defense attorney Chip Lewis.

“If Karpen does retire, that does not absolve him of responsibility for any crimes he may have committed. The House Select Panel’s criminal referrals have now been in the hands of authorities for about seven months. The Department of Justice and other Texas law enforcement agencies need to rush over to his clinic as soon as possible and seize evidence before he moves out and gets rid of it,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

In Florida, Planned Parenthood of Central Florida has sold their Orlando abortion facility for $1 million to Lift Orlando, a group that wants to redevelop the area. Planned Parenthood officials told the Orlando Sentinal that they plan to move to another location, but for now, Operation Rescue has confirmed that the business is still open with no immediate plans to close.

According to local pro-life leader Michele Herzog, Planned Parenthood of Central Florida fell into financial trouble after building a large new center in Kissimmee. It allegedly took out a second mortgage on the Orlando property.

“We hope the new owners will soon take possession of the new building and kick Planned Parenthood out for good,” said Newman. “I doubt if they have anywhere to go. It’s really just a matter of time before this place shuts down.”

The third abortion facility that is currently up for sale is the old WomanCare abortion facility in Southfield, MI. It once belonged to the disgraced abortionist Alberto Hodari, who sold it to abortionist Jacob Kalo.

The facility lost its facility license in 2014 due to multiple violations. Callers are now being told the notorious abortion facility is “closed renovations” that appear will never take place. However Kalo currently maintains an active abortion clinic license for the Womancare facility that does not expire until next year.

Lynn Mills of Pro-life Detroit is guardedly optimistic about the potential sale.

Mills explained, “While this is a good sign, please keep in mind that this was sold from abortionist to abortionist, and until it’s in the hands of a non-abortionist, we must pray and not party.”

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

UPDATE: (Sept. 12, 2017) Planned Parenthood has added medication abortions at their Kansas City, Missouri, facility. Missouri now has two abortion facilities. This reduces the number of states with one remaining abortion facility to 5.

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.