Six Pennsylvania abortion clinics closed since 2012 [Updated]
LifeNews.com, a website dedicated to pro-life issues around the country, is celebrating a recent win in the war against reproductive rights: A Southeast Pennsylvania abortion clinic closed in late 2013, bringing the grand total of commonwealth closings since 2012 to eight six [see below]. And at least five of those are directly related to a law passed by the state Legislature in 2011 which put new construction restrictions on clinics and was referred to as a “back-door ban” on abortion services when it was passed.
Five abortion clinics closed as a direct result of the new state policy mandating regular inspections and conditions in abortion clinics following the horrific uncovering of the West Philadelphia abortion clinic and the now-convicted-murderer Kermit Gosnell. Those closed clinics were Allentown Medical Services (formerly run by Steven Brigham), American Women’s Services, UPMC Magee, Allegheny Women’s Center – Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Physicians…
Another Planned Parenthood clinic – the Carlisle Health Center – closed on June 17, 2013. The now two Planned Parenthood PA closings were “feeder” clinics – a conduit to Planned Parenthood abortion mills. But it is still a positive sign to see less abortion clinics throughout our communities.
That latest closing is a clinic in Collegeville, about 40 minutes northwest of Philadelphia, and it happened in October. The aforementioned law, and others like it around the country, were a direct result of a campaign stemming from West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, whose “House of Horrors” on Lancaster Ave. became a conservative calling for more restrictions on abortion access. The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League gave Pennsylvania an “F” grade in a recent report, noting 82 percent of our counties don’t have an abortion provider.
CORRECTION: I’ve been informed that two of the Planned Parenthood clinics that closed last year were actually family planning clinics, and did not perform abortions. So the number is actually six clinics that performed abortions, two places that did not but are affiliated with Planned Parenthood.
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