Decline in Business Forces Closure of Philadelphia Clinic

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Abortion Industry Bows to Law of Supply & Demand
Decline in Business Forces Closure of Philadelphia Clinic
February 28, 2002

Washington, D.C.-Pro-life activists in the City of Brotherly Love are rejoicing today that at least one less abortion clinic will be carrying on its grisly business in their midst. According to a report in The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women, in operation since 1975, has shut its doors, citing declining revenues due in part to a decline in demand for abortion. Jennifer Vriens, executive director of the Center, said, “The financial situation and the changes in the health care landscape did what the anti-abortion protesters could never do to us-shut us down.”

The Blackwell Center, whose website-still up and running, as of this writing-features abortion in its menu of “reproductive health services” for women, reportedly performed approximately 1,500 abortions last year. Even so it had managed to build up a $300,000 budget deficit. Since its main source of revenue was abortion fees, it is reasonable to assume that 1,500 figure obviously represents a sharp decline from the number of abortions the Center once performed.

According to information from the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the number of abortions has steadily declined in recent years, especially since 1990, and the number of abortions performed in the U.S. is currently at its lowest level since 1980. “Pro-abortion activists tend to attribute this to the decline in the number of facilities willing to provide surgical abortions,” said Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Senior Fellow of the Beverly LaHaye Institute. “They often paint a picture of desperate women victimized by pro-life efforts to shut down abortion clinics, who will be forced to obtain illegal, ‘back alley’ abortions from unlicensed butchers. But as this story indicates, the reality is that the abortion clinics are closing because of a decline in demand for their services. Pro-life efforts to educate women about the reality of abortion and the potential long-term emotional, psychological and physical effects of abortion have borne fruit.” Crouse added, “Pro-lifers are telling women the truth, and the abortion industry is in decline because their lies are being exposed.”

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