By Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post.
One hundred and sixty two abortion clinics have closed in the United States since 2011, which is reportedly faster than at any other time since the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
In data compiled by Bloomberg Businessweek released Wednesday, since 2011, 162 clinics have closed while 21 new ones have opened.
“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,” according Bloomberg Business reporter Esme Deprez, who is a finalist for the Livingston Awards for “my story about the legislative assault on the business of abortion.”
While noting that pro-life legislation passed by Republican lawmakers at the state level is one reason for some of the closures, Bloomberg reports that declines were also found in predominantly pro-choice states.
“California’s loss of a dozen providers shows how availability declined, even in states led by Democrats, who tend to be friendly to abortion rights,” continued Bloomberg Business.
“Industry consolidation, changing demographics, and declining demand were also behind the drop, along with doctor retirements and crackdowns on unfit providers.”
Read Abortion clinics are closing at a record rate, by Esme E. Deprez, Bloomberg Businessweek.