Across the nation, 127 independent abortion clinics have closed since 2015, according to a recent report from the Abortion Care Network, with 41 of those closures occurring in the past two years.
Additionally, five U.S. states have only one abortion clinic each: West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi and Missouri. Each of these clinics is an independent clinic. Nationwide, 337 clinics were still open as of November 2020, a 34% reduction in the number that operated in 2012.
The majority of abortions performed in the United States — 58% — are carried out at independent clinics. Planned Parenthood performs 37%, while hospitals and doctors' offices perform 4%.
Abortion Care Network's report iterates that independent abortion clinics are vital to "meaningful abortion care access" and "are also the most vulnerable to anti-abortion attacks and legislation intended to close clinic doors or push abortion out of reach. Threats to these clinics are a threat to abortion access overall."
The report says most of the 127 closures resulted from pro-life laws and from financial hardships for clinics.
Michael New, who works at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a pro-life organization, said when a clinic closes, many women do not have abortions because they do not find other ways to get them. Overall, he said, fewer women are terminating pregnancies.
"I think [lower abortion numbers are] because of three possible reasons," New told the Christian Post. "Pro-lifers are changing hearts and minds, pregnancy help centers are helping women, or we're passing pro-life laws. I think it's all three."
🔦 In 2017, the number of abortions performed in America was the lowest it has ever been since Roe v. Wade was decided. The year 2018 saw a slight increase.