One Down? Missouri Becomes First Abortion-Free* State

An annual report by pro-life group Operation Rescue has confirmed that Missouri has become the first abortion-free State, at least for now, with the State’s last standing surgical abortion having ceased to book appointments for several months now, and no plans to re-open for the immediate future.

The Status of American Abortion Facilities in 2020: report, prepared by Operation Rescue, gives a ground-level analysis of abortion in America. It includes such information as:

– A total of 45 abortion facilities closed or halted abortions nationwide in 2020.There are currently 706 active abortion facilities in the U.S.

– Since Operation Rescue began tracking the number of abortion facilities in 2009, surgical abortion facilities have decreased in number by 255

– Since 1991, there has been an incredible 79 percent drop in the number of surgical abortion facilities nationwide.

– There was a net loss of four U.S. abortion clinics overall in 2020.

– The number of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities decreased in 2020

– 2020 was the first year that Operation Rescue tracked the number of facilities that distributed abortion drugs via telemedicine.  The survey found that 69 locations, representing 9.78 percent of all abortion facilities, now operate telemedicine abortion programs.

The last point is key, as even though surgical abortions may be off the table, people still have easy access to abortifacient birth control, as well as so-called morning-after pills like Mifepristone, which when combined with Misoprostol have a nearly 98% chance of causing an abortion within the first 8 weeks of pregnancy.

In that sense it is not “abortion-free,” but in terms of the slicey and dicey abortions, where baby fingers get cut off in a desperate, uncomprehending act of self-defense, right before they take off the whole hand, arm, and body, then for those, those are done for now.

The release explains:

Missouri has become the first Abortion-Free State – at least in practice for now.  The embattled Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis was the last abortion facility in Missouri. It remains open, but Operation Rescue has confirmed that no abortion appointments have been available there for months, and none are available anytime in the foreseeable future.  All abortion appointments are now being referred to the Fairview Heights Planned Parenthood facility across the Mississippi River in Illinois.”

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman elaborates :

While the RHS Planned Parenthood remains open and licensed for abortions, we confirmed that none are being done there.  That means this facility is currently acting only as an abortion referral center.  There is no operational abortion facility in the State of Missouri, making it the first Abortion-Free State at this time…

With the Democrats holding control of the House and Senate, expect a flurry of pro-choice legislation to come down the pike, and pray those in the trenches will continue to hold the line.



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