In a year that unveiled the horrors of abortion in the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, who killed live babies after delivering them by snipping their spines, it appears America’s abortion industry took a step backward.
That’s according to a year-end report by Operation Rescue, which found that 87 businesses discontinued offering surgical abortions, including 81 that are permanently shuttered.
In the report,”Death Throws of the Death Industry,” Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger explains the closures leave the number of surgical abortion clinics in the U.S. at 582, a drop of 12 percent in just 2013 along and a 73 percent plunge from the high in 1991 of 2,176.
“Abortion-pill-only clinic numbers remained relatively steady at 176, with six documented closures,” she reported.
Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, said the numbers “show that the pro-life movement is gaining ground and that the abortion industry is collapsing – mostly due to its own negligence and greed, which has been exposed by their unwillingness and inability to comply with even the most rudimentary safety standards.”
Among the reasons for the closures are a surge in pro-life sentiment, a drop in the demand for abortion, new state laws that establish cleanliness and safety standards for abortionists, and increased enforcement of existing laws.
Other factors were greater reporting of abortionists abusing the law and the fact that many abortionists are retiring and are not being replaced.
“The state with the most closures was Texas at 11, most of which shut down after Texas passed an abortion law earlier this year that required abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges. New clinic safety rules accounted for closures in Pennsylvania and Maryland as well,” the report said.
Among the notable cases was the Nova Healthcare Center in Fairfax, Va., which was “closed because of failure to pay back rent that caused Nova’s landlord to terminate their lease amid revelations from pro-life groups that women were being injured and mistreated there.”
Another was Associates in OB/GYN Care in Baltimore, which was “closed by the state after repeated dangerous deficiencies, including the death of patient Maria Santiago in February.”
Then there was the New Women All Women business in Birmingham, Ala., which was ordered closed “by a judge after pro-life groups documented and reported it for operating illegally in violation of a closure order last year.”
Felony convictions for insurance fraud also got in the way of another abortionist’s operation plans.
The taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood is left as the behemoth in the business, with its branches accounting for 30 percent of all active surgical abortion clinics.
Operation Rescue has created the AbortionDocs.org website, which lists every American surgical and medication abortion clinic, and the documents that often show the clinics are engaged in dangerous practices.
“We have invested untold man-hours to ensure that AbortionDocs.org is constantly updated with the latest information about the status of abortion clinics, whether they are facing disciplinary action, or have been temporarily or permanently closed,” said Newman. “It represents the most accurate information on abortion clinics in existence.”
He confirms that the numbers show that the pro-life movement is growing, and as people realize exactly what an abortion is, they oppose it.
“We’ve been able to categorically debunk the notion that the abortion industry is winning,” said Newman. “The numbers don’t lie. A 73 percent drop in surgical abortion clinics is a significant loss. We are witnessing the death throes of the abortion cartel.”
The report said that “data obtained by Operation Rescue predicts that when 2011-2013 numbers are in, 2013 will likely see the largest drop in abortion numbers since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision decriminalized abortion.”
“After the 2010 mid-term elections, conservative gains resulted in a wave of pro-life legislation flooding statehouses across America,” said Newman. “Much of that legislation was inspired by information gathered by pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, which have increasingly publicized documentation of abortion abuses. Once legislators find out what is really going on at abortion clinics in their states, they understand the urgency of passing pro-life laws that protect women and their babies from clinics that prey on their vulnerabilities.”
Operation Rescue, which has been on the cutting edge of opposing abortions since it bought an abortion business in Kansas, closed it down and used the building for its offices, has posted its full report online.
Through the case against Gosnell, who was sentenced to prison for murdering live babies, the veil that had been maintained by pro-abortion activists and even cooperative media to hide the truth from the American public was pulled back.
LifeNews.com described from testimony the three counts on which Gosnell was convicted:
- Baby A: He was delivered to 17-year old Shaquana Abrams at 29.4 weeks gestation, according to an ultrasound record. He did not fit into the plastic shoe box that Gosnell tossed him in. A worker said she saw the baby pull in his arms and legs while Gosnell explained the movements as “reflexes,” telling her the baby really didn’t move. Then he cut the baby’s neck.
- Baby C. Intact baby of 25 weeks gestation. Worker testified that she saw Baby C breathing for 20 minutes. She told the court she saw Lynda Williams lift the baby’s arm and watched as the newborn drew it back on its own power. Then the baby’s neck was “snipped.”
- Baby D. Described by witnesses as 12-15 inches long with the head the size of a “big pancake.” He was delivered into a toilet and a worker said she saw the baby struggling, using swimming motions in an attempt to get out of the toilet bowl. Then the baby’s neck was “snipped.”
According to testimony at his trial, among the more macabre discoveries was Gosnell’s collection of baby body parts and how they were kept.
Philadelphia Medical Examiner Dr. Sam Gulino told a Washington Post reporter that he had to deal with frozen baby body parts.
“It was really an unprecedented situation. It was the first time I had to deal with fetal remains that had been frozen. All I could do was allow the remains to thaw so that I could examine them,” Gulino told the paper.
Altogether, Gulino told the Post, he had received all or part of 47 fetuses, most of them aborted well into the second trimester. At least a couple, he determined, likely would have been viable outside the mother’s womb.