An article posted today by NPR concedes that pro-life laws are effective in reducing and abolishing abortion.
“Missouri could soon become the first state in the nation without a clinic providing abortions, but Planned Parenthood officials say the last remaining one there has already all-but ceased performing the procedure.
The clinic, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, is at the center of a licensing dispute between the organization and Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s administration. That clinic’s future is in the hands of a state commission that is expected to issue a decision in the coming weeks or months.
A new analysis provided to NPR by Planned Parenthood suggests that already very few abortions are being performed in Missouri. It shows that the vast majority of patients in Missouri seeking abortions have begun crossing state lines to obtain it – many of them traveling to a new Planned Parenthood clinic in Fairview Heights, Ill., near St. Louis, that opened in October.”
Students for Life of America has been active in working with pro-life groups in Missouri to advocate for inspections and accountability for the St. Louis Planned Parenthood. For example, pro-life students sent letters to the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission urging that the license be permanently revoked.
Students for Life is currently encouraging people to keep the pressure on the Hearing Commission to rule against Planned Parenthood.
The Daily Beast wrote a comprehensive but slanted article, on the work done by pro-life groups on the ground to make a difference in closing the Planned Parenthood abortion facility.
They wrote, “Like most abortion clinics in the United States, the clinic is the target of omnipresent protesters—self-proclaimed “sidewalk counselors” who line the pavement outside the gray brick building. But these protesters don’t just stand there with signs; they log every ambulance that enters and leaves—taking careful note of whether its sirens are on, if its lights are flashing, even the sounds patients make when they are loaded onto the stretcher….As the number of clinics dwindled, anti-abortion groups homed in on the remaining providers. Operation Rescue began filing open records requests with the state in 2009, asking for health inspection reports and ambulance records from the RHS clinic. In 2013, it took the St. Louis Fire Department to court to obtain the records, then quickly posted them on its blog….”
You can read the full article here.