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Abortion facilities closing at unprecedented rate, says new report

Posted in Abortion clinic, Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion Orgs with tags , , , , , , on November 23, 2018 by saynsumthn

Good news for pro-life advocates can be found in a recently released report from an abortion organization claiming that “independent [abortion] clinics are closing at an unprecedented rate.” The report was published by Abortion Care Network (ACN), whose stated mission is to “ensure access” to abortion.

The 2018 report, “Communities Need Clinics: Independent Abortion Care Providers and the Future of Abortion Access in the United States,” says:

  • When Abortion Care Network started tracking clinic closures in 2012, there were 510 independent abortion clinics open in the U.S. As of November 2018, 370 independent clinics remain open. Since 2013, 148 independent abortion clinics have closed. Forty of those clinics closed in 2013; 23 closed in 2014; 33 closed in 2015; 22 closed in 2016; 17 closed in 2017. As of November, 11 independent clinics have closed in 2018.
Image: Clinic closing graph from Abortion Care Network 2018 report

Clinic closing graph from Abortion Care Network 2018 report

ACN was founded in 2008 and is led by executive director, Nikki Madsen, and governed by Board members from a litany of abortion facilities and organizations. The organization claims to be the “national association for independent community-based, abortion care providers and their allies.”

Image: Abortion Care Network report on independent abortion providers

Abortion Care Network report on independent abortion providers

Under methodology, the report says:

Abortion Care Network collects data annually on every abortion clinic in the United States that makes abortion care services publicly available or otherwise discloses that they provide abortion care. Using publicly available search engines to identify providers, each clinic is contacted annually for operational status and information on the scope of services provided. Data gathered are presented throughout this report.

While it wasn’t clearly stated how ACN determined which facilities were independent providers, many of ACN’s reported stats sounded encouraging:

  • Independent clinics are closing at an unprecedented rate: the number of independent clinics has been reduced by nearly 28 percent since 2012.

  • Currently, six states have only one abortion care provider.

  • While there have also been a handful of clinic openings, the total number of independent clinics in this country has decreased by 2 percent since 2012.
  • Over the last three years, 50 independent clinics have been forced to close in the United States.

The report then states:

… Currently, six states have only one abortion care provider. Independent abortion care providers operate the only remaining clinic in four of those states: Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, West Virginia (Missouri and South Dakota each rely on a single Planned Parenthood). Though there are three remaining clinics in Louisiana and two in Wyoming — those states rely entirely on independent clinics for abortion care.

Image: States with only one independent abortion facility (Image: Abortion Care Network 2018 report)

States with only one independent abortion facility (Image: Abortion Care Network 2018 report)

Although the largest provider of abortions in the nation is Planned Parenthood, and ACN shows that Planned Parenthood is included in its membership, Planned Parenthood isn’t included in the state by state abortion facilities listed under ACN’s “Abortion Care Providers” list.

Image: ACN Abortion Care Providers List (Image: Screen from Abortion Care Network taken 11/15/2018)

ACN Abortion Care Providers List (Image: Screen from Abortion Care Network taken 11/15/2018)

ACN seems to make a distinction between independent abortion facilities and physicians’ offices, hospitals, and Planned Parenthood’s massive chain of facilities. The report acknowledges what Live Action News has reported numerous times — that despite decreasing health services, Planned Parenthood — one organization — has a monopoly on abortions in the US. While figures indicate that while profitable abortions are on a steady decline nationally, Planned Parenthood’s marketshare has climbed to nearly 35 percent nationwide. And ACN’s report shows the same.

Image: Planned Parenthood national abortion market share 2000-2016

Planned Parenthood national abortion market share 2000-2016 Updated

ACN claims, “Although independent abortion care providers represent about 25 percent of the facilities offering abortion care nationwide, they perform about 60 percent of the abortion procedures,” while hospitals and physician’s offices are only five percent.

What distinguishes an abortion facility from a doctor’s office is not specifically defined in the report.

Image: Abortion Care Network graph on abortion percentage by provider type

Abortion Care Network graph on abortion percentage by provider type

ACN seems to boast that, as they claim in the report, independent abortion providers commit 94 percent of later term abortions in the nation.

  • Across the country, 66 percent of clinics that provide abortion after the first trimester are independent. Independent clinics represent 75 percent of all clinics that provide care after 16 weeks of pregnancy, 83 percent of clinics providing care after 19 weeks, and 94 percent of clinics that provide care at or after the 22nd week of pregnancy.
Image: Abortion Care Network graph percentage of clinics by type and gestation

Abortion Care Network graph percentage of clinics by type and gestation

Tragically, research published by Live Action News reveals that 100,000 later term abortions are reported annually in the United States, despite polls that indicate the American public is uncomfortable with second and third trimester abortions.

For more than 20 years, Gallup has found that abortion support plummets after the first trimester. According to a June 2018 Gallup Poll, out of 60 percent of adults who believe abortion should be legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, “support drops by about half, to 28%, for abortions conducted in the second three months, and by half again, to 13%, in the final three months.”

ACN released the report along with a planned Tweetfest using the hashtag  to draw attention to independent abortion providers and the role they play in committing abortion.

Image: Abortion Care Network Tweetfest (Image: ACN Twitter)

Abortion Care Network Tweetfest (Image: ACN Twitter)

The ACN report seems to confirm what advocates opposed to abortion have stressed for a long time: that the work of pro-life sidewalk counselors, prayer events, investigations, legislative efforts, and pregnancy resource centers may actually be having an impact on the number of abortions and abortion facilities in the United States.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Millionaire Abortionist Merle Hoffman on her own abortion: ‘For one night, I am a mother’

Posted in Abortion Clinics, Abortionist, Abortionist Rich with tags , , , , , , on August 22, 2017 by saynsumthn

Merle Hoffman Choices Abortion

An article published by a New York media outlet has indicated that a long standing abortion facility owner netted ten million dollars last year. Crain’s New York Business featured abortion facility operator Merle Hoffman, president of Choices Women’s Medical Center in New York. Hoffman’s facility commits abortions up to 24 weeks. A bio about Hoffman reveals that her 2016 revenue was “about $10 million.” A deeper look at Hoffman’s past reveals how tens of thousands of abortions — and her own abortion years ago — have affected her.

In the video below, former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino describes the most common abortion committed in the U.S. from 13-24 weeks.

Abortion — Taking Children’s Lives — for Profit

Making a large profit from abortion is not new, however. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest tax-funded abortion chain, is known for having abortion “quotas” and throwing pizza parties after its staff commits extra abortions beyond the required number, thus raking in more money for the facility.

Merle Hoffman Abortion Millionaire (Image: Crain's Business)

Merle Hoffman Abortion Millionaire (Image: Crain’s Business)

Recently analyzed data from Planned Parenthood (analysis conducted by American Life League, or ALL) reveals that the average salary of a CEO at one of Planned Parenthood’s 56 affiliates rose 22 percent in the last two years. The top twelve employees at the mothership, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, have collectively seen their average salaries go up 13 percent in two years.

ALL found that with an average income of $237,999, these Planned Parenthood CEOs are in the top five percent of all workers in the United States. The group noted that Planned Parenthood’s national spokesperson and president, Cecile Richards, has seen her income explode by a whopping 62 percent, making close to a million dollars a year ($957,952) at the so-called non-profit. Nearly 41% of Planned Parenthood’s budget came from taxpayers in 2015, according to the abortion chain’s own 2015-2016 annual report.

Planned Parenthood CEO Salary (Image: STOPP)

Planned Parenthood CEO Salary (Image: STOPP)

While Planned Parenthood tries to weasel its way out of appearing like the well-funded and well-paying abortion chain it is, Merle Hoffman is honest. Even though it is relatively taboo for anyone in the abortion industry to admit that killing babies is profitable, Hoffman acknowledges that she makes millions.

In a book she published years ago called “Intimate Wars,” Hoffman admitted she was “making money off the movement” and explained that making money from abortion “could be said of every abortion provider.”

In fact, as Hoffman put it, “I was quite pleasantly surprised when I made my first million dollars.”

“Choices” for Women

A 2012 article in The Feminist Press described how Hoffman’s facility, Choices, began, nearly 41 years ago.

The article details how Hoffman teamed up with Dr. Martin Gold to open the Choices abortion facility, writing:

As the cofounder of the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP), the first not-for-profit health maintenance organization (HMO) on the east coast, Gold and a colleague approached HIP’s board of directors and proposed to offer abortion services for their subscribers…. A year later, in 1971, Flushing Women’s Medical Center – later renamed Choices Women’s Medical Center – opened its doors.

Although Hoffman opened her first facility in the 1970’s just after New York legalized abortion, Choices shows it was licensed with the state as a corporation in 1985.

Millionaire Abortionist Merle Hoffman

Millionaire Abortionist Merle Hoffman

In the beginning stages, Hoffman said the abortion facility saw six or seven patients and charged $77.00 per procedure. In 2011, Hoffman admitted to Forbes that her clinic had performed “almost 20,000 abortions a year….” “Now,” she added, “we see about 10,000.”

Hoffman appears to enjoy promoting herself and her so-called accomplishments within the abortion movement on a blog operated in her name. She says she became politically active after passage of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibited most federal tax dollars from funding abortions.

As a result of Hyde, Merle Hoffman began publicly speaking out in favor of abortion.

Co-Founder of the National Abortion Federation

In 1977, Hoffman bragged that she co-founded the National Abortion Federation (NAF), formerly known as the National Abortion Council (NAC). She detailed the events in “Intimate Wars,” reminiscing about a 1976 invitation from the National Association of Abortion Facilities (NNAF) to attend a national meeting of providers.

Hoffman writes that within a few months of attending that meeting, she was nominated NNAF’s vice president.

She credits her marketing style of promoting herself as an advocate for women, rather than as someone who does abortions as appealing to some NNAF members. After all, marketing is all in how one presents herself and her business, regardless of what one actually does.

In fact, Hoffman claims she received so much support that instead of VP, she threw her hat into a run for NNAF president, and to her surprise, she won. Within a few months, Hoffman claims, the NAC joined forces with NNAF to become the National Abortion Federation.

“Women Did Know the Truth”

Merle Hoffman has been criticized for openly admitting the humanity of the preborn child.

In “Intimate Wars,” she described the pro-choice movement of that day as choosing to “depersonalize the fetus,” claiming that women knew exactly what abortion was.

This admission that women were very much aware of what they were doing when paying for their abortion was the impetus for controversy because Hoffman contradicted the unscientific claims of the day that the fetus was a “blob of tissue,” a “parasite,” and not human. As the owner of her own abortion facility, Hoffman knew otherwise, and it conflicted her. However, she still inaccurately stated that the life inside the womb, while human, was merely “potential.”

She wrote:

But women did know the truth, just as I knew it, deep down, when I allowed myself to recognize it…. At times this really would move me profoundly as I sat opposite the women I counseled prior to their abortions, acutely aware of the potential lives growing inside them that would soon cease to exist. I began to think critically, to come to terms with what was going on. Each time I did that I came out of the process more committed than before. I had no conception, either religious or philosophical that “life was sacred.”

If the women going to Hoffman were aware that she does not believe life is sacred — i.e., that human life inherently has value — perhaps they would be less likely to trust her with their own lives.

“Abortion Stops a Beating Heart”

Hoffman has been a controversial figure in the abortion movement for years, as Salon pointed out in 2012:

Interestingly, although the standard pro-choice line is essentially to let the woman define the embryo or fetus for herself, Hoffman has a more controversial stance: “In the beginning they were calling it a baby. We were saying it was only blood and tissue. Let’s agree this is a life form, a potential life; you’re terminating it. You don’t have to argue that abortion stops a beating heart. It does.” She adds, “I can’t say it’s just like an appendectomy. It isn’t. It’s a very powerful and loaded decision.”

Live Action News’  previously documented Merle Hoffman’s honest observations about witnessing her first few abortions:

What I saw a running through those vacuum tubes when I first started my work was only blood and tissue, unformed and messy. It was easy to imagine the fetus as a bunch of cells that one could define as one wished.

But even in the beginning I had an inkling that this mentality was the easy way out, that it didn’t go far enough to do justice to the experience of abortion.

In its 2012 interview with Hoffman, Forbes referred to the abortion clinic operator as a “Millionaire Abortionist” and a “capitalist,” and asked Hoffman why she was receiving criticism from other feminists for making a profit performing abortions:

There are many feminists who feel–and not all, but many—that a real feminist has to be a socialist. I have been accused of “making money off of the movement.”

… I’m not apologetic that I have an entrepreneurial spirit. I have created Choices and have made a profit. …

And people may say “abortion is your business,” but I say no. Women’s lives are my business. If I do well, like any business, it’s because more people want to come to me.

In the video below, Merle Hoffman claims that her power and money are simply the result of the fact that so many “people wanted to use my services, so I see no problem with that at all.” She disagrees with abortionists and facility owners who want to downplay the money that goes hand-in-hand with ending the lives of children: “It’s always this apologetic, ‘I don’t deserve the money,’ ‘I don’t deserve the power.’”

Exactly what does Hoffman do with all that money and power?

According to “Intimate Wars”:

Money has given me the power to support political campaigns and donate to worthy causes. In the nineties I spent half a million dollars every year publishing On the Issues and started a 501(c)3 called the Diana Foundation so that I could donate to feminist groups and individual radicals that had no access to institutional funds. I donated to the campaigns of pro-choice politicians like Schumer and Hevesi, and of course paid for political actions put on by the PCC.

Hoffman claimed that Senator Schumer was a “very strong supporter of mine.”

The Millionaire Has an Abortion:

Merle Hoffman once admitted in a speech before the Abortion Care Network that the act of abortion “is about power” where women were “exercising the right of fetal existence.”

Yet, of her own abortion, Hoffman explained how she referred to her baby as “female” with whom she had a “shared connection.” In a reading from her book, Hoffman admitted that she wrote in her diary, “For one night, I am a mother,” adding that her abortion gave her both “relief and sadness.”

She described to attendees at the Abortion Care Network conference how she felt as she made the decision, recounting holding her stomach and saying, “Sorry little one, it’s just not time.”

Women should ask if abortion clinic is clean ; 24 hr emergency number says pro-choice group

Posted in Abortion Care Network, Abortion clinic dirty with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2015 by saynsumthn

The Reproductive Rights group, Abortion Care Network, claims they are the, “Pioneers of De-Stigmatizing Abortion.

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However, if you read through their Choosing a Quality Clinic page from their website, one would think they are stigmatizing abortion providers.

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The cite tells women seeking abortions the following:

    The quality of care can vary widely among all medical facilities and since many women do not talk about their abortion experiences, it is often difficult to know what to look for when choosing a clinic.

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Here are some of their general guidelines:

    a clinic with the largest Yellow Page ad may not necessarily be the best facility for you. Read the ads very carefully and be aware of inconsistencies. For example, a clinic may advertise that they are in a specific town, but when you call they may say “we are not open there yet.” You may then be referred to a facility in a different city. Investigate carefully before you make an appointment.

Ask about their fees.

    Do the fees sound too good to be true? Be very careful – the lowest fee does not mean you will get the best care. Ask if the fee includes all services (e.g., medications, lab work, ultrasound, follow-up exams). If for some reason they cannot provide an abortion, how much will you be charged? Does the clinic accept your insurance? Do they offer a discount if you have Medicaid?Do they offer financial help or referrals to funds?

If possible, visit the clinic.

    Is the clinic clean? Do you feel comfortable in the clinic? Does the staff dress and act professionally and appropriately? Do they treat you as an individual and with respect and understanding?

So – let’s back up to that last one- Is the clinic clean?

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Hmmm…I thought all abortion clinics never in need of any state oversight or inspections were clean by Osmosis. Sarcasm of course!

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On a separate page, ACN tells women to inquire about the fees an abortion clinic has, “Do you feel pressured into choosing general anesthesia or any other pain relief option? What is the fee?”

Pressured?

Under the heading: Is Counseling Provided? Is this Will I speak privately with someone?

Well, that would eliminate all the clinics that do telemed abortions.

ACN goes on to say, “It is probably wise to get a few opinions about the different abortion providers in your area and you should certainly call all of them and get an impression of their staff and services. You should ask friends and family that you trust for a recommendation. Also consider asking your doctor, local hospital, family planning agency, or social service agency. If it is possible, visit the clinic, or at least visit their web page and read it thoroughly. If their fee seems too low or too high, ask more questions about what is included and why it is so different than other clinics’ fees.

ACN also has this question women should ask their providers, “Will an ultrasound be done before the abortion to confirm the length of pregnancy?”

Shouldn’t that read, if an anti-choice legislature has passed forced vaginal probe exams then ask the above?

It just proves that most abortion providers already use ultrasound to confirm the age of the baby they are about to kill.

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Here is another ACN question, “For non-surgical abortion, is the method used the FDA approved method (Mifeprex with Misoprostol) or a substitute?”

Substitute? Why aren’t all abortion providers using the FDA method?

And here is another question women should ask, according to ACN, “Is there a 24-hour phone number for emergencies?

Emergencies? I thought abortion was “safe and legal?

What Emergencies?

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How Abortion Advocates Celebrate Mother’s Day

Posted in Mothers Day and Abortion with tags , , , , on May 12, 2014 by saynsumthn

Abortion kills children – so why would abortion advocates claim to celebrate Mother’s Day?

Planned Parenthood is pushing donations for – of all things: MOTHER’S DAY:

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The Abortion Care Network shared RH Reality Blog’s Mother’s Day post – strange they are both pro-abortion :

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And here’s a lovely gem from a Colorado Abortion clinic. Guess what? You can donate to have more babies killed in honor of your mom!

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NARAL is even getting in on the celebration- wonder why this image doesn’t contain a woman holding her aborted “fetus”?

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SICKENING !!!!

And here is one from your typical pro-choicer: “thank an abortion doctor for letting women be mothers if and when they want” – REALLY?

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Democrat State Rep receives Award from Abortion Group, presented by abortion clinic staffer

Posted in Abortion Worker Elected, Planned Parenthood Democrat Party with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2013 by saynsumthn

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Ohio State Senator Nina Turner , who once told the GOP to “Get out of her Panties” Addressed the Abortion Care Network on March 17, 2013 and encouraged abortion providers to not get weary because “women are on the move.”

Toni Thayer , the Director of Development and Communications for Preterm, an abortion clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. – introduced Rep. Nina Turner as a “strong outspoken voice in defense of abortion” and then gives her an award ! ( Preterm on FB) NinaTurnerAwardFB426412_496550060392796_1357685933_n

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Turner is the same Representative who told the GOP to “Get out of my panties”

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Turner begins by telling the abortion audience they are “DOING GOD’s WILL”

Her full speech promoting legal abortion is here

Turner rants on about women dying from Back Alley Abortion – yet many women die from LEGAL abortion which Turner never speaks out about:

She ends by Quoting Scripture- DISGUSTING !

Attending the event were: … Ruth Arick, Lynn Paltrow, Susan Yanow, and Loretta Ross! Pics of the event are available here

Turner works with Planned Parenthood an organization founded by a racist Klan Speaker– Planned Parenthood likes to set up shop in Minority communities:

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