New Study’s “Abortion Deserts” are the Pro-Life Movement’s Victories

By Cheryl Sullenger

San Francisco, CA – A new abortion report that was meant to induce fear over the diminishing number of abortion facilities in the U.S. actually gives pro-life supporters a reason for hope.

The study, which was conducted primarily by the University of California San Francisco, identified 27 cities as “abortion deserts” with the nearest abortion facility over 100 miles away.

“What these abortion promoters call ‘abortion deserts,’ we call ‘Abortion Free Communities,’” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “These cities prove that women do not need abortion and can get along just fine without it. In cities where there are no clinics marketing abortions to women, abortions decrease – sometimes dramatically — meaning more babies have a fighting chance at life. That should be good news to everyone.”

Newman and his associate, Cheryl Sullenger co-authored the 2014 book Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community at a Time, which details steps pro-life supporters can take to made their communities abortion free.

The study identified Corpus Christi, Texas, a city with a population of over 324,000, as the largest abortion free community in the U.S. without an abortion facility within 100 miles.

This is followed by the second largest abortion free community, Fort Wayne, Indiana, with a population of 260,326.
Three Texas cities round out the top five. They include Laredo, Lubbock, and Amarillo.

“The truth is that these cities do not have abortion facilities for two reasons. First, there is not the demand for abortion to support a facility. Secondly, many of the 27 communities have active and determined pro-life activists who have worked tirelessly to pass pro-life legislation and educate the communities about the horrors of abortion. Their work has saved countless lives, and they should be commended,” said Newman.

Abortion-free cities with successful pro-life campaigns to end abortion have included Corpus Christi, Texas; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Chattanooga, Tennessee, among others.

Due to Operation Rescue’s work, Wichita, Kansas, remained abortion-free for four years and saw statewide abortion numbers drop by 12% in the first year Wichita was without an abortion clinic.

There were some errors in the “abortion desert” study apart from its conclusions regarding the need for more abortion businesses. For example, Columbia, Missouri, is listed as a community without an abortion facility. However, the Planned Parenthood office in that community is licensed for abortions and conducts them whenever an abortionist is available.

The study also omitted Birmingham, Alabama. While there is a Planned Parenthood facility in Birmingham, there has been no abortions done there in over a year, thanks to the hard work of dedicated pro-life activists.

In 1991, there were 2,176 surgical abortion facilities in the U.S. Today, there has been a 77% reduction in surgical abortion facilities with only 494 remaining. Adding clinics that only offer medication abortions, America now has at total of 711 abortion facilities — a decrease of two thirds over 1991 numbers.

“Abortion facilities continue to close and abortion numbers in our nation have dropped to historic lows. This is our victory, and the Abortion Cartel’s defeat,” said Newman. “We are working every day to decrease abortions and increase the number of abortion free communities until we can achieve our goal of an abortion-free America where the lives of human beings in the womb are once again protected by law. That will be the ultimate victory, not just for pro-lifers, but for all of humanity.”

Operation Rescue’s annual reports on abortion clinic closures can be read here.

Got Junk: Late-term Abortion Business Loads Up Junk Truck in Preparation for Closing

By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, Maryland – Somehow, calling the 1-800-Got-Junk people seemed appropriate for Germantown Reproductive Health Services as it prepared for its permanent closure.

A local pro-life activist snapped a photo of a junk truck at GRHS on August 30, 2017, as it was loaded up with office equipment and furnishings from the notorious late-term abortion facility.

“I’m not sure there is a sweeter sight than a junk truck coming for the contents of an abortion facility,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

GRHS and an affiliated abortion facility, Prince Georges Reproductive Health Center, have been bought and closed by the Maryland Coalition for Life.

It was Operation Rescue that first identified GRHS as the new location of LeRoy Carhart’s late-term abortion business in 2010, after Carhart’s home state of Nebraska passed the first-in-the-nation 20-week ban on abortions due to evidence that pre-born babies can feel pain.

GRHS was one of the few facilities to conduct abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

So, what will Carhart do now that GRHS is closed? Read Operation Rescue’s recent report for a “heads up” on possible plans.

Note: The above photo is from a pro-life activist who is not affiliated in any way with the Maryland Coalition for Life.

Two Abortion Facilities Mysteriously Close in Ohio

By Cheryl Sullenger

Akron, Ohio — Right to Life of Northeast Ohio has informed Operation Rescue that two Ohio abortion facilities that have a long history of egregious health violations and botched abortions have closed under mysterious circumstances. The closures appear to be voluntary.

The Akron Women’s Medical Group, located in Akron, Ohio, is listed on a Google search as “permanently closed.” This facility conducted surgical and medication abortions. It’s Ambulatory Surgical Facility License is listed as “active.” However, the license expired on April 30, 2013, and has been under renewal status ever since, allowing the facility to continue operations.

The Cleveland Women’s Medical Group, was a medication abortion facility that currently states on their website, “This facility has been closed until further notice.” Because it only offered medication abortions, it did not require an ASF license. This facility referred surgical abortion patients to the Akron location.

All phone lines for both clinics are answered by a busy signal, including their toll-free number.

“Right now, it looks like these two horrific abortion businesses are both permanently closed, and we are very grateful for that,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We applaud the work of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, and other pro-life groups in Ohio, who have done a remarkable job holding abortion businesses accountable. These closures mean lives will be saved, and we rejoice with them over that.”

Both clinics had a history of failed safety inspections and botched abortions.

The NAF certified that Akron Women’s Medical Group was in full compliance with its Clinical Policy Guidelines, however, in 2011 a patient care complaint alleging that the facility was dirty, a patient was mistreated by a staff member and that the clinic had a rodent infestation prompted two inspections of the facility that uncovered the following violations:

• Trash and food debris was discovered in the patient waiting room.
• Carpets in the facility were stained and in need of cleaning.
• A container of used needles had no lid as required for safety.
• Crash cart and ultrasound machine in procedure room were dirty.
• Cabinets with drugs and prescription pads were unlocked and several drug vials were out on the counter.
• Supplies and supply boxes scattered around the procedure room counters and floor.
• Gurneys were covered with heavy black plastic and secured with duct tape under the mattresses.
• Inadequately trained staff.

Operation Rescue has documented several medical emergencies at the Akron Women’s Medical group. In one instance, a 911 recording confirmed that on February 7, 2015, a 26-year old abortion patient suffered a perforated uterus. Instead of calling 911, which is the fastest way to get help, the clinic called the private ambulance company directly, delaying care by an estimated seven minutes, which is a long time when a woman is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency.

The Cleveland Women’s Medical Group, once located on Pearl Road in Cleveland, was forced to move to Warrensville in June 2014, after the property manager refused to renew its lease. Its website once advertised surgical abortions even though it had no license to do them. It later dropped the illegal surgical abortions and continued to offer medication abortions until its recent closure.

View profiles with additional documentation:
Akron Women’s Medical Group
Cleveland Women’s Medical Group

Read Operation Rescue’s Special Report on Ohio Abortion Facilities for more information.

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.”

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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!