Pro-abortion group Yellowhammer Fund, which supports low-income women looking to get abortions, recently purchased an Alabama abortion clinic.
In 2019, Alabama passed the Human Life Protection Act, which banned abortion except in cases of rape or incest. By October, a judge had issued a preliminary injunction banning the law from going into effect.
As a result of the Alabama law, the Yellowhammer Fund received a flood of donations. According to its website, Yellowhammer Fund is “a 501c3 (tax-exempt charity) that envisions a society in which reproductive decisions are made free from coercion, shame, or state interference, a society in which individuals and communities have autonomy in making health choices regarding their bodies and their futures. We commit ourselves to community education and empowerment, policy advocacy, and the development of systems of mutual aid to ensure that our friends, families, and neighbors never go without the things they need.”
Now, the group also owns the abortion clinic West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
“I said this a year ago, What they didn’t anticipate they would do is help us increase abortion access in Alabama,” Amanda Reyes, Yellowhammer’s executive director, said. (At this point, that’s not true. They’ve just helped maintain the same level of access.)
The clinic performs about half of the state’s abortions and is close to the border of Mississippi. It was also about to close down.
In a statement, Yellowhammer wrote, “West Alabama Women’s Center has been a hub for abortion access for nearly three decades, and we want to be sure it remains so for as long as abortion is legal in the state. That is why we have acquired the clinic ourselves, allowing the founder, Gloria Gray, to finally retire without any concerns that the clinic will fall into the hands of abortion opponents or otherwise be closed.”
This entire situation goes to show that while there is still a lot of money in the pro-abortion movement, there are an equal number or more of abortionists and clinic operators aging out of the system as well.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, only 7% of all OB-GYNs that work in a private practice setting provide abortions. Many of these providers also likely skew older, especially for physicians that perform abortions in the third trimester. Of the four noted late-term abortionists in the country, the average age is about 70.
“As the number of U.S. abortion providers declines, obstetrician-gynecologists in private practice must do all they can to help their patients obtain care,” researcher Rachel Jones said.
“While it may not be feasible or realistic for all obstetricians-gynecologists to provide abortions, they have a professional and ethical obligation to provide referrals for this care.”
That’s highly unlikely as 35% of OB-GYNs surveyed stated that they would not provide a referral for women wanting an abortion.
Though it’s frustrating to see an abortion business stay open, there is some comfort in the reality that there are fewer and fewer physicians interested in investing in this type of work. Yellowhammer may have prevented West Alabama Women’s Center from closing, but that won’t work every time. Young Americans especially are becoming more and more aware of the realities of abortion and increasingly recognize the sanctity of life within the womb.
When it comes to closing many abortion clinics in this country, it’s only a matter of time.
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