Abortion Number Drop to All Time Lows: “When Abortion Clinics Close, Lives are Saved”

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Just days before the nation marks the 44th memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the Guttmacher Institute released a survey of 2014 abortion numbers that show abortions have dropped to their lowest level since the 1973 ruling that decriminalized abortion in the U.S. According to the survey, abortion numbers have decreased by 14 percent since 2011.

The question no one seems to be able to definitively answer – and the authors of the survey did not address – is why?

Operation Rescue has been monitoring abortion facilities for years and conducts its own annual survey, which shows abortion businesses have been steadily declining since 1991. That year, there were 2,176 surgical abortion facilities in the U.S. Today, there are 517 – a decrease of 76 percent.

To directly correlate it to the abortion-supporting Guttmacher Institute survey, since 2011, there has been a 23 percent reduction in surgical abortion facilities.

While abortion is decreasing nationwide, the drop is particularly sharp in states where abortion facilities close, according to data found in state abortion statistic reports.

“When abortion clinics close, lives are saved,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “When there are no abortion businesses in a community actively marketing abortions to women, abortions decrease. Abortion businesses create a fake ‘need’ for women to get abortions through aggressive marketing campaigns. Take away the supply, and we find there is little actual demand.”

Operation Rescue has documented shocking abuses found within the Abortion Cartel and has used the Internet and social media to expose those abuses to the public. Our documentation has been used to support pro-life laws and complaints against shoddy abortion providers that have resulted in disciplinary action and even criminal convictions – all of which have shuttered abortion offices.

Operation Rescue’s research shows that the primary reason abortion facilities are closing is their own failure to comply with the most rudimentary medical health standards and laws.

“It is common to find abortion facilities that don’t properly sterilize surgical instruments or have unqualified staff,” said Newman. “When states enforce existing safety standards and abortion laws, we see abortion facilities close.”

But Operation Rescue notes that women don’t have to face the challenges of unexpected pregnancy alone. There are over 5,250 pregnancy help centers in the U.S. that offer free assistance to pregnant women. These centers outnumber abortion facilities by over 10 to 1.

Join Operation Rescue for Roe v. Wade events in Washington, D.C. and Kansas

Washington, DC – Tomorrow marks the 41st memorial year since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision decriminalized abortion in America, and Operation Rescue will be marking the day with events in Washington, D.C. and in Wichita, Kansas.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, is currently in the Nation’s Capital participating in several activities today, culminating in the March for Life on January 22.

This morning, Newman led a group of pro-life supporters in a protest at the Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. He will also be participating in conferences sponsored by Students for Life and Americans United for Life.

If you are in the DC area, please join Troy at the March for Life Rally at noon on the National Mall.

Also, check out the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, which featured Troy Newman, concerning efforts to close abortion clinics.

In Wichita, Operation Rescue will host a memorial on January 22 from 6-7 pm at our national headquarters located at 3013 E. Central Avenue. We plan to make an important announcement concerning a project to close Kansas abortion clinics at that time. (Click for more information.)

“This is a year of great hope and expectations for the pro-life movement. Last year, 87 abortion clinics closed. Abortion numbers continue to drop and pro-life sentiment is at an all-time high,” said Newman. “Now is the time to press our advantage. We are here to win, and there is a greater sense than ever that victory is just around the corner. It’s an exciting time to be a pro-life activist, and we pray everyone that can will join us to mark this important day and take a stand for Life!”

Troy Newman can be reached for interview at 316-841-1700. Cheryl Sullenger can be reached for interview at 316-516-3034.

Can a Leopard Change His Spots? Wichita Pro-Aborts Haven’t

Wichita, KS — On the 40th memorial of Roe v. Wade a small group of pro-life activists gathered at Operation Rescue’s headquarters for an informal memorial, remembering the past and looking toward the future. During that event, efforts to keep Wichita abortion-free were discussed, including OR’s complaints regarding unpermitted work that is illegally in progress at George Tiller’s old abortion clinic, which one of his former employees is attempting to reopen.

Today we are releasing a 1-minute video commentary, Can a Leopard Change His Spots?”, featuring Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman on the proposed reopening of an abortion clinic in Wichita, and why OR thinks they are already breaking the law.

UPDATE: OR has been notified by city officials that three inspections have taken place at the proposed South Wind Women’s Center. Those inspections found that the parking lot resurfacing does not meet ADA requirements and will have to be redone once they apply for permits. Other work that Burkhart said was already in progress has not yet begun. Burkhart has submitted a site plan for remodeling to the city. In addition, a full-sized incinerator was removed some time ago and city officials are trying to determine exactly when that work was done. Operation Rescue has confirmed that as far back as 2009, the year Tiller’s clinic closed, there have been no permits to have such work done. The Associated Press reported that inspectors found no violations, but our communication with officials obviously say otherwise.

Here are links to coverage of the memorial on KSN News and in the Wichita Eagle.

Newman will be in Washington, DC for the rest of the week participating in Roe events. Click here for a full schedule.

Troy’s audio commentaries can be heard on the Bott Radio Network. You can hear more at OperationRescue.org.

40th Roe v. Wade Memorial Observance in Wichita Set

Wichita, KS — This January 22, 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and we at Operation Rescue are inviting you to join us at an informal memorial at our Wichita, Kansas office.

As you may recall, our office is a former abortion mill that Operation Rescue bought on June 29, 2006. Formerly known as the Central Women’s Services, the office is located at 3013 East Central in Wichita, Kansas. It also houses a memorial to the pre-born.

We will be updating those in attendance on currently unpublished efforts to keep Wichita abortion-free.

40th Roe v. Wade Memorial
When: January 22, 2013, 6:30-8 pm
Where: OR Headquarters at 3013 East Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67214

Contact Deborah at 316-683-6790 for more information.

Click here for Troy Newman’s full Roe Schedule of Events.

Operation Rescue Announces the 2012 Malachi Award Recipient

Washington, DC – Operation Rescue has announced that it is awarding the Pre-Born Children with the 2012 Malachi Award.

“As we near the 40th memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion in America, we can look back and see how the public attitudes have changed toward pre-born babies,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “In 1973 most folks thought that these developing children were just clumps of cells or blobs of tissue. Even as late as 1996, only a third of Americans identified themselves as pro-life. Through the advances in science and technology coupled with the hard work of the Pro-Life Movement, the humanity of a pre-born baby is no longer in question in an age when a child’s first baby picture is very often an ultrasound image. Today, a full 50% of our countrymen proudly embrace the ‘pro-life’ moniker despite the fact that abortion is the most polarizing issue facing our nation. Our nation’s laws are beginning to reflect this new-found concern for the plight of the pre-born through a record number of pro-life laws enacted over the past two years.”

Each year Operation Rescue presents the Malachi Award to those who are impacting the nation for the cause of life. The award is named after an aborted baby that was discovered in an abortion clinic dumpster, whose image has been used nationally to bring attention to the desperate plight of the pre-born. The name “Malachi” means “my messenger.”

“Looking back on 40 years of abortion on demand, images pre-born children have been perhaps the greatest messengers for the cause of Life,” said Newman. “Now that their humanity cannot be denied, we must continue the work to ensure that they are fully protected by law.”

Previous recipients include Kortney Bythe Gordon, an abortion abolitionist with Students for Life in America who was killed in a tragic car accident last year; Eileen Smith, who crusaded against abortion after her daughter was killed by abortionist Rapin Osathanondh; Jim Pouillon, a pro-life activist who was gunned down during a peaceful protest in 2009; Lila Rose of Live Action Films for her documentation of Planned Parenthood abuses; Dr. Johnny Hunter of LEARN, who is exposing the devastating effects of abortion on the African-American community; Leslee Unruh, who spearheaded efforts to ban abortion in South Dakota; and Phill Kline, the former Kansas prosecutor whose abortion investigations led to the only criminal case ever filed against Planned Parenthood.