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As Clinics Close, More Women Are Left Without Choices

As Clinics Close, More Women Are Left Without Choices


A reproductive health clinic in Rockford, Illinois, that serves as the only abortion provider in its area, has been closed indefinitely after the Illinois Department of Public Health suspended its license last week, citing violation of ambulatory surgery treatment center rules. Among the violations racked up against the clinic: the providers did not have surgical practice privileges with an area hospital, and lack of a registered nurse in the operating room.

The licensing requirements, TRAP laws, are of course part of the additional burdens put specifically on abortion providers in order to force them out of business, regulation overhauls that we’ve seen in Kansas and Virginia, too.† But they have become highly effective in shutting off options for women seeking to terminate pregnancies simply by making the process too burdensome to have done before its too late.

This sounds much like the situation in Arizona, where the new law stating abortion pills can only be given out by medical doctors has forced numerous clinics to stop offering the procedure all together.† The Tuscon Sentinel reports, “Beth Otterstein, a nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood Arizonaís clinic in Flagstaff, says patients sometimes break down and cry when they hear the news: If they want abortions, they now have to travel to Phoenix for a 15-minute consultation with a doctor and then stay overnight to have the procedure. Itís an expense that some canít afford, and no other facility in the area provides abortions.”

Is Illinois really shutting down the clinic due to women’s health being put in danger?† After all, this is the same state that tried to put their TRAP regulations through the agricultural committee rather than the public health committee to ensure that the measures passed.† Or is the real intent to simply make abortion legal in name only, but accessible only for those with the means and resources to obtain it?


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7:59PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Thank you for article.

7:59PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Thank you for article.

7:57PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Thank you for article.

7:57PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Thank you for article.

11:35AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Abortion has been around for thousands of years. Now the world is in dire peril from overpopulation, climate change, and pollution. The best thing for our society and planet is to have lower the birth rate. Why are all these morons trying to increase the birth rate at this critical time? The republicans want to deny women not only abortions but sex education and contraception as well. It doesn't make any logical sense. What do these people want? For our society to fail and the human race return to the dark ages?

8:36AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

I thought Planned Parenthood wasn't about abortion. Remember that ridiculous claim by Planned Parenthood a while back?

It's time to defend life, because no one should have the "choice" to kill an unborn daughter or son.

12:53PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Tom, Bruce etc - do you have any idea what it's like to feel like a prisoner in your own body?

1:53PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

I once read a well-worded opinion that the main reason these people want less choice is because this way there will be more people for whom the only way out of poverty is enlisting in the army. And since pro-lifers are so often pro-war... this seems quite true.

8:04PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

"More women left without choices"?! That's actually not true. They can choose to renounce the sexual promiscuity that leads to undesired pregnancies. They can change their behaviors and not conceive.

Or they can choose to receive the lives they've procreated and bring them to term, as the next generation needs them.

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