Early Wednesday morning, Denise Leipold, executive director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, contacted us with some amazing news: Two of Ohio's abortion facilities were apparently closed!
The website of Cleveland Women's Medical Group reported, "This facility has been closed until further notice." A Google search revealed another facility, Akron Women's Medical Group, was listed as permanently closed as well.
Yesterday, the Columbus Dispatch confirmed the closure of the Akron facility. With this information, the Dispatch noted that the state is now left with 8 abortion facilities. But really, the news is better than that: We are down to 7!
The executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, the state's pro-abortion lobby, attributed the closures to the pro-life culture Ohio Right to Life has helped create during the Kasich administration:
“Unfortunately, (Gov. John) Kasich and his political appointees in the Ohio Department of Health have created an environment that discourages doctors from opening new clinics in the state...”, adding that "Ohio needs more abortion clinics."
Really, the only environment we are guilty of creating is one of life.
Just seven years ago, there were at least 16 abortion facilities in our state. During that time, Ohio has championed 19 pro-life laws, and abortions have fallen 25 percent! Undoubtedly, our various laws and the grassroots efforts of our affiliates across the state are making an impact. Ohio's progress is undeniable.
The last thing Ohio needs right now (or ever) is more abortion clinics. In 2015, 20,976 abortions were reported to the Ohio Department of Health. That's 25 percent lower than 2010. We've made progress, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal: "Zero."
In one week, we have already seen two abortion facilities shut down and one abortionist's license suspended. What more can we accomplish in 2017?
Together with you, we will continue on the path to zero, ensuring human life is protected by the law and an increasingly pro-life culture!