Abortion Clinics Are Closing at a Record Pace


February 24, 2016 — 6:00 AM CST

Abortion access in the U.S. has been vanishing at the fastest annual pace on record, propelled by Republican state lawmakers’ push to legislate the industry out of existence. Since 2011, at least 162 abortion providers have shut or stopped offering the procedure, while just 21 opened.

At no time since before 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion, has a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy been more dependent on her zip code or financial resources to travel. The drop-off in providers—more than one every two weeks—occurred in 35 states, in both small towns and big cities that are home to more than 30 million women of reproductive age.



But, but, but Republicans don’t care about abortion. That’s what his holiness Mark Shea says. Of course Mark would know because when you have an English degree you are an expert on American politics.


Looks like overall the numbers are decreasing as well.


Based on available state-level data, an estimated 977,000 abortions took place in 2014—down from approximately 983,000 abortions in 2013 and 1.02 million abortions in 2012.

In 2011, 1.06 million abortions took place in the U.S., down from 1.21 million abortions in 2008, 1.2 million in 2005, 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred in the U.S. (AGI).
Twenty-one percent of all U.S. pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. (AGI).

In 2011, the highest number of reported abortions occurred in California (181,730), New York (138,370) and Florida (84,990); the fewest occurred in Wyoming (120), South Dakota (600) and North Dakota (1,250) (AGI).

Mississippi had the lowest abortion rate in 2011 (Wyoming had too few abortions for reliable tabulation), and New York had the highest (AGI). There were approximately 17.5 births for every abortion in Mississippi and approximately 2.3 births for every abortion in New York.

The annual number of legal induced abortions in the United States doubled between 1973 and 1979, and peaked in 1990. There was a slow but steady decline through the 1990’s.

Overall, the number of annual abortions decreased by 6% between 2000 and 2009, with temporary spikes in 2002 and 2006 (CDC).

From 2011 to 2012, the total number and ratio of reported abortions decreased by 4% (CDC).

In 2011, 17% of legal induced abortions occurred in California (AGI).

The US abortion rate is similar to those of Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden but higher than those of other Western European countries (NAF).

In 2005, the abortion rate in the United States was higher than recent rates reported for Canada and Western European countries and lower than rates reported for China, Cuba, the majority of Eastern European countries, and certain Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union (CDC).


The majority are closing for business reasons, not because of regulations.

Also Medical abortions are replacing surgical abortions. RU 486 usage is up 20% in three years


When you look at the decline in abortions by state, some of the greatest declines are in states that are very Pro-Choice, states that have not added regulations such as requiring an ultrasound, waiting periods, parental approval etc.


The Guardian has an article titled, ‘It’s not just Texas: abortion clinics are rapidly closing in liberal states, too’ and says:

The reasons for each closure are disparate. But five years of knock-down, drag-out fights over abortion rights in conservative areas of the country are largely to blame. Each new bout in a place such as Texas diminishes the ability of advocates to focus on subtler challenges in liberal states.


That’s great to hear!:slight_smile:


Yes it is. I will continue to pray for an end to all abortions.



Let’s also pray that the number of illegal abortions does not rise. I would rather see abortion clinics close because they have no business, no one coming in for abortions.

The undercover videos served to expose the horrors, may they serve to stop those wanting abortions, forever.


Yes. This fight will be moving to the pharmaceuticals. How can people go pray in front of a pharmacy? It is getting further removed from the public’s eye, to the privacy of the bedroom.


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