Another Florida abortionist has stopped performing abortions at one clinic rather than comply with rules and regulations, and pro-life activists say it’s the 11th closure of a U.S. abortion business in just three months.
The newest case involves abortionist Randall Whitney, whose Family Planning Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., no longer will provide abortions, according to officials at Operation Rescue.
Although three of those 11 clinics did reopen, Operation Rescue spokeswoman Cheryl Sullenger told WorldNetDaily the climate is changing.
For years, pro-life protesters would walk in front of an abortion clinic but never take a picture or document an event.
“Now a lot of people do a lot of research on these clinics,” she said. “Pro-lifers never did that before, nobody would take a picture. But I think that’s really changing. Pro-lifers are more sophisticated, understanding if they can document these things, report them, and report on them, eventually people in the states will get fed up with them and now it’s starting.”
She described the atmosphere as having made a “fundamental shift.”
“Pro-lifers are beginning to understand that this is a winnable thing,” she told WND.
In Daytona Beach, Whitney has reported his clinic will remain open for non-abortion services, and he’ll continue doing abortions in Orlando. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Whitney describes himself as a “modified Christian” who isn’t concerned over the up to 1,500 abortions he performs annually.
“I sleep well,” Whitney told the newspaper. “I have no concerns about what might have been if a fetus lived.”
Whitney also works part-time for abortionist James Pendergraft, whose medical license was suspended last month because of allegations he performed illegal late-term abortions and was prescribing medication without the proper Drug Enforcement Administration certification, Operation Rescue said.
Five of Pendergraft’s abortion businesses were closed down at that time, although three have since reopened, according to Operation Rescue. His two businesses in Orlando remain closed.
“Whitney’s arrogant attitude about complying with regulations is increasingly typical in the abortion industry,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This story reaffirms that our country faces a crisis of abortion clinics that operate as if they are above the law at the cost of innocent lives.”
Sullenger said the abortion businesses that have had shutdowns in recent weeks include:
- A clinic in Omaha, Neb., where the land was purchased from underneath the business and the owners couldn’t find another facility to rent.
- The clinic that formerly operated in the building that now houses the Operation Rescue headquarters in Wichita, Kan.
- A facility in Birmingham, Ala., that was closed because of a suspended license.
- One business in Montgomery, Ala., that was closed when authorities found the abortionist didn’t have hospital privileges.
- A business in Hialeah, Fla., where an investigation continues into allegations a baby was born alive, then killed and placed on the roof of the building to avoid detection by police.
- Five clinics owned by Pendergraft when his license was suspended. Three of those reopened later.
- And the most recent case involve the business in Daytona Beach, Fla.
“I think what it is is a trend,” said Sullenger. “A lot of times, when the health department people are investigating, they actually walk into an abortion clinic. It’s one thing to think about a clinic, another to actually walk in and see the conditions.”
The newspaper reported Whitney stopped the abortions “pushed by a protracted battle with the state over how his practice should be regulated.”
The newspaper also reported that while abortion industry insiders decry the potential loss of business, the pendulum is swinging toward the protection of life. Its report noted there are enough conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court now to give hope for life to a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that nullified all state laws barring abortion.
And, it reported, Louisiana’s governor has signed a law banning most abortions that would take effect upon Roe v. Wade’s demise, the Kansas Legislature passed a plan to require the state to collect data on abortions performed after 22 weeks, and South Dakota’s complete ban on abortions could be upheld by voters as early as November.