Independent abortion clinics bemoan their shrinking numbers

By Dave Andrusko

In 2017 and 2018, NRL News Today wrote extensively about the first two reports from the Abortion Care Network’s “Communities Need Clinics,” an overview of the abortions clinics not named Planned Parenthood.

Their third report came out this week and, like its two predecessors, it assures readers that their “services” are indispensable even as, they tell us. more of their clinics are closing because of nefarious pro-life legislation passed at the state level. Here are five highlights from the network which is “serving three out of every five people who has an abortion.”

* “[I]ndependent clinics are closing at an unprecedented rate: the number of independent clinics in the US has been reduced by over 32 percent since 2012.” Last year’s report said the number had been reduced by 28%.

*”Although independent abortion care providers represent about 25 percent of the facilities offering abortion care nationwide, they provide 58 percent of all abortion procedures.” They’re telling us they are the little engine that could kill more babies—in bulk, so to speak—than the organization whose name cannot be spoken.

*The Independents not only do proportionally more abortions per clinic, they perform vastly disproportionate numbers of later abortions–94% of abortions occurring at or after the 22nd week of pregnancy, according to the Abortion Care Network.

*”Of the six states with one abortion provider, four are served by independent clinics: Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota and West Virginia,” CBS News’ Kate Smith explains. “In four states — Arkansas, Nevada, Oklahoma and Georgia — independent providers are the only options for people seeking abortion after 10 or 11 weeks of pregnancy.”

So far, we’ve been told, the Independents perform most of the abortions, almost all of the abortions 22 weeks and later, and have clinics in states that do not welcome abortionists. What else does this self-promoting report tell us?

*This is nothing new. Nikki Madsen, executive director of the Abortion Care Network, told the pro-abortion website Rewire.News, “Independent abortion providers have been providing the majority of care since Roe was established. The vital role they play in making abortion access a reality in this country is really an untold story.”

Message? Independents are underappreciated for their many years of yeoman work.

*Lastly, the report’s executive summary tells us

To ensure that people in the United States can get abortion care where and when they need it, independent clinics and the patients they serve need the support of their communities. Advocates must work to end the politically motivated restrictions and coverage bans that push abortion out of reach for patients, and clinics need direct financial and volunteer support to continue to provide care in their communities.

So, give us some money. Two quick thoughts.

First, there is not a hint that they recognize that as the number of abortions continues to thankfully decline (likely under 900,000 nowadays), there is simply less ”demand.” Planned Parenthood addresses this by closing less profitable clinics, often those that did not provide abortions, and by building gigantic mega-clinics. And, of course, as the SuperStar of the abortion industry with a huge political outreach, PPFA is never short on money.

Second, and related, abortion clinics close for reasons other than protective state laws. Abortionists get old and retire and are not replaced, or the building is too old to try to repair.

Since this report largely regurgitates the first time, clearly the third time was not the charm.