Cutting Abortion Down to Size

Although it might seem as if the pro-abortion agenda is in its heyday, the numbers show that behind the scenes, this industry has suffered devastating losses over the last 22 years.

According to a press release by Operation Rescue, a leading pro-life organization, in 1991, there were 2,176 surgical abortion clinics nationwide; today there are 660 and falling. Over 1,500 abortion clinics, 70 percent of the total, have closed their doors for good.

In 2012, an average of 7 abortion clinics closed each month.

“Abortion has been legal for 40 years this month, and 57 million babies have paid with their lives. While the pro-life movement has not ended all abortions yet, it has made some significant progress.” said Ken Brady, president of Planned Childhood Life.

Five states; Arkansas, Mississippi, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, have only one clinic each.

Overall abortions are down 25 percent from 1.6 million in 1990 to 1.2 million since 2005.

“We began to notice a steady decline in both clinics and abortions after we began helping injured women sue abortion clinics for malpractice in 1986,” said Charles Wysong, president and founder of the American Rights Coalition, an organization that helps women who are having physical and emotional problems after abortion.

“Slowly, doctors began finding that while abortion may be legal, malpractice is not. This accountability caused many doctors to quit or never enter the abortion practice.” Mr. Wysong said.

“There are a number of reasons for the decline: malpractice lawsuits, health code violations, criminal prosecutions of either the abortionist or the clinic and disciplinary actions,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue. “When state officials discover how these clinics are being operated and how women are treated there, they have generally taken strong action and have closed many of them.”

In spite of pro-abortion victories at the ballot box on the national level, the persistent and prayerful work of pro-life workers on the local and state level has managed to not only stifle the growth of the U.S. abortion industry, but to actually reversed it.

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