Many different factors are playing a part in the record number of abortion clinics closing all across the country. New abortion clinic regulations, sidewalk counseling and educational efforts such as 40 Days for Life, pregnancy resource centers and more have contributed to the decline.
Abortionist Bernard Rosenfeld is one of those 28. He is 74 years old and plans to retire from his Houston, Texas abortion practice soon after more than 30 years in business. He told PBS that he is struggling to find another abortionist to take his place.
“I’ve talked to some doctors, but none of them are interested in the political consequences of providing abortions,” Rosenfeld said.
He blamed pro-life protesters for scaring doctors away from the abortion practice. He said some protesters have picketed his house and left bullets in the abortion clinic parking lot.
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Rosenfeld isn’t the only one struggling to find a replacement. A 2016 Bloomberg analysis found that a number of U.S. abortion facilities closed recently because they either could not find a doctor willing to do abortions or the doctor they had was deemed “unfit to practice.”
The PBS reporter Carrie Feibel found that many Texas medical schools and residency programs did not even want to talk about students being trained to do abortions. OB-GYN programs must offer residents the option to learn to do abortions if they want to be accredited, according to the report. Medical students with religious or moral objections can opt out of abortion training, the report states.
“In the end, I could only confirm that three out of the 18 programs in Texas had made arrangements for residents to spend time learning at an outpatient family-planning clinic,” Feibel wrote. “Those types of clinics are where most abortions in Texas take place.”
The PBS report blamed the shortage on Texas abortion clinic regulations, which have caused abortion clinics to close. As a result, PBS claimed that medical students are having a difficult time finding a place to train to do abortions. In contrast, two medical programs in other parts of the country reported a new influx of students interested in doing abortions this year.
But based on what Rosenfeld and others have said, it appears that many doctors just do not want to be involved in aborting unborn babies. LifeNews has reported a number of cases when abortionists and other abortion clinic staff quit after recognizing the humanity of the unborn child.
Other countries also are reporting how young medical students are rejecting abortion in greater numbers as modern technology sheds more light on the value of life in the womb.
Abortion clinics also do not need to employ as many abortionists because fewer women are having abortions in the U.S. A 2015 national report from the Associated Press indicates that abortions dropped 12 percent nationwide and are down in almost every state in the country as more babies are being saved from abortions than ever before.