Planned Parenthood closed 32 centers this year
PARKER, Colorado – The empty retail space next to a Discount Liquors and Smoker Friendly once housed a Planned Parenthood, but no more.
The Planned Parenthood Express clinic in Parker, Colo., Is one of 32 Planned Parenthood centers that have closed this year, according to a study released this month by the American Life League Pro-Life.
Jim Sedlak, executive director of the American Life League, said there was “growing evidence of the decline of Planned Parenthood” and “renewed optimism that the end of the organization may come sooner than our most optimistic estimates just two years ago “.
“The evidence is clear: the American people are fed up with family planning,” Sedlak said in a statement. “The revelations about its business model and total disregard for the lives of human beings take a toll on the acceptance of the organization. “
A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood could not be reached for comment before press time.
Executives at the giant abortion provider cite no single reason for the facility’s decline. Some point to the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2010, which they say resulted in more patients enrolled in Medicaid and fewer people paying out of pocket.
But the decline of the abortion giant’s clinics began long before Obamacare.
The number of family planning facilities stands at 597, according to the American Life League report, up from a peak of 938 clinics in 1995.
The authors of the American Life League report claim that Planned Parenthood attempted to open “bigger, more upscale buildings” in an attempt to attract customers and offset the decrease in the number of locations.
The Parker facility may have fallen victim to the bigger and better approach. Before closing in August, the clinic was located at the end of a dingy mall and had a tattoo parlor, payday lending center, liquor store and bar as neighbors.
Other abortion centers have also struggled to make ends meet.
A report released Tuesday by Operation Pro-Life Rescue found that 49 abortion centers have closed or disrupted abortion services this year. The number of abortion clinics fell by 27 from 2016 totals.
“We are delighted that the abortion cartel is imploding and shutting down,” Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, said in a statement. ” We are progressing. But they don’t go down without a fight. We continue to work and pray that we will soon see the end of abortion in our country. “
In addition to the Parker Clinic, Planned Parenthood also closed a facility in Longmont, Colorado. Four clinics have closed in California, while Arizona, Iowa, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have each lost three clinics this year.
Wyoming lost its only Planned Parenthood when the Casper Health Center closed over the summer – joining North Dakota as the only state where Planned Parenthood is not operating. There are five jurisdictions with a single center for family planning: the District of Columbia, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and West Virginia.
The decline in facilities corresponds to a decrease in the number of patients seen and services rendered.
According to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report, 2.4 million patients visited the abortion giant in fiscal 2015, up from 3 million in fiscal 2012.
Planned Parenthood also reported a year-long decline in the performance of health services – such as tests for sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive services and cancer screens – of 11%.
Abortions, however, have remained stable.
Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions in fiscal 2015, up from 323,999 the previous year. The number of abortions also exceeded the number of breast exams (321,700) and Pap tests (293,799) that Planned Parenthood said it had performed.
Although Planned Parenthood operates in fewer facilities, sees fewer patients, and provides fewer services, the nation’s largest abortion provider has reported an annual increase in federal funding of more than $ 25 million.
Congressional Republicans and President Trump have pledged to reallocate more than $ 500 million in annual taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood to federally certified women’s health clinics that do not perform abortion, but they do. have yet to keep their campaign promise.
While he’s optimistic about the way things are going, Mr. Sedlak said, he doesn’t expect Planned Parenthood to go smoothly.
“As the numbers continue to show an organization in decline, we don’t expect it to go quietly overnight,” he said. “We expect the leaders of Planned Parenthood, as well as its bought and paid politicians, to continue to spread lies and demand that the American people pay homage to this satanic organization. But, in the end, he will lose.