Springfield, MO — The only abortion mill in Springfield, Missouri, the Springfield Healthcare Center, closed unexpectedly Thursday after the board voted unanimously the day before to shut it down.
Clinic Administrator Michele Collins told the Associated Press that the decision had nothing to do with a pending lawsuit challenging a new Missouri law or finances.
Without elaborating, Collins stated, “It’s just so difficult to provide abortions for patients here when there’s zero support from the medical community.”
“I think this clinic is seeing the effects of a cultural shift that is taking place in our nation. America is becoming increasingly pro-life,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “I am sure we can expect other abortion mills in other communities to experience a similar lack of support for their grisly business, especially from health care professionals who take their Hippocratic Oath seriously.”
The mill was expected to close anyway because the abortionist, who lives in St. Louis, had no hospital privileges within 30 miles of Springfield, as a new state law mandates. The closest hospital that was available to him was 2 ½ hours away, creating a dangerous situation in the event of abortion complications. The clinic had sued the state to challenge the law. A federal judge had issued an in junction barring the law from going into effect, but now the suit is expected to be dropped.
“Women might as well have been playing Russian Roulette as have an abortion there,” said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger. “The world is a better place without this chop shop killing innocent babies and placing the lives of women at risk.”
“We believe the lack of availability to abortion in mid-Missouri will help women to consider other options and will ultimately save countless lives,” she said.
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