Missouri’s last abortion clinic has closed making the Show Me State the first state to have no operating abortion clinic.
Last year was hard on abortion clinics. Along with the pressure of the anti-abortion movement, the coronavirus also helped doom many abortion clinics. According to a year-end report by Operation Rescue, 45 more abortion clinics closed across the nation in 2020.
“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,” the group said.
Missouri has become the most pro-life state in the country, according to the Christian Post:
According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, Missouri has an abortion ban that would immediately go into effect should the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide be overturned. In 2019, the state passed a heartbeat bill, which would ban abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks gestation. Like many similar measures passed in other states, the law was quickly subject to a court challenge.
The pro-life group Americans United for Life ranked Missouri as the eighth-most pro-life state on its “Life List 2021,” which was compiled based on a “comprehensive analysis of each state’s law and policy protections for human life from conception to natural death.” Nearby Arkansas was ranked the most pro-life state in the U.S., followed by Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Indiana, Kansas and Arizona.
Ten states saw a fall in the number of active abortion providers.
New York, where nine abortion clinics closed, Washington state, which has three fewer abortion clinics, and Connecticut, New Jersey, and Texas each have two fewer abortion facilities.
Still, 12 liberal states saw an increase in abortion mills. California, Minnesota, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Virginia all added varying numbers of new clinics.
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