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Abortion Clinics Closures: Truth and Fiction, Part One

Posted by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM
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Abortion Clinics Closures: Truth and Fiction, Part One

By Dave Andrusko

clinic-imgPro-abortionists were lamenting the closure of abortion clinics prior to passage in states like Texas and North Carolina of laws that require tighter health and safety standards, but once Texas passed HB 2 and North Carolina passed SB 353 they went into full hysteria mode.

We’ve talked about this some before, but as the week comes to an end and more and more of these Chicken Little stories race across the Internet, let’s offer five points to keep in mind.

#1. Looked at globally, no year is complete (even if we are only two-thirds of the way through it) without something like this lament from the pro-abortion “In fact, 2013 is shaping up to be one of the worst years for reproductive freedom since abortion was first legalized.” But having discounted for exaggeration, it is true that pro-lifers continue on the march in the states.

#2. Why the synthetic fear-mongering about requiring abortion clinics to upgrade and be inspected? That is much preferable to talking about, for example, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. That, too, was part of Texas’ new law and support for it is overwhelming, not just in the Lone Star state, but in the United States as a whole.

#3. Abortion clinics ARE closing, but the reasons for it most often have much less to do with these laws (which have just going into force in some cases ) than they have to do with larger forces within the Abortion Industry. For example, as NRLC’s Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon has documented repeatedly, Planned Parenthood is happy to close or consolidate smaller clinics that aren’t as profitable and invest the money in megaclinics. Never forget that PPFA is a gigantic money-making “non-profit” machine.

#4. The stories you read typically are incredibly confusing and/or superficial. Most do not distinguish between clinics that perform abortions and clinics that don’t, for example. And of course ALL these stories ignore a truth the abortion industry will do anything to hide: there are substandard abortion clinics that slide by because no one was watching–see Delaware and Maryland about which we have written many times. These clinics ought to close and certainly abortion proponents—who wrap themselves in the flag of “concern for women’s health”—ought to be the first to demand their closure.

#5. Closures—real and imaginary—give pro-abortionists another opportunity to bash life-affirming pregnancy help centers. Take (please) “Mapped: Texas’ Crisis Pregnancy Centers Versus Ambulatory Surgical Centers Providing Abortions,” written by Andrea Grimes, for the pro-abortion site RH Reality Check. I have no way of independently verifying the numbers in her piece, but the gist of it no doubt is true: there are far, far more CPCs than abortion clinics in Texas.

For one thing that is not the case elsewhere in the country. For another, my guess is most of these CPCs are tiny and under-funded. That Grimes would lament that some of these are state-funded is almost laughable. Does she really not know the massive direct and indirect subsidies the abortion industry is the beneficiary of? Please.

There’s more to say, but it’s the end of the week. Have a great weekend.

by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM
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