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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Drop in demand shutters abortion clinics

Bloomberg News reported today that 162 abortion clinics in the United States closed in the last five years.

The financial wire service blamed new state laws. You would think a financial news service would look first to the Law of Supply and Demand, but nope.

From the Associated Press last June: "Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them — but they’ve also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an Associated Press survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010."

From Bloomberg today:
Abortion access in the U.S. has been vanishing at the fastest annual pace on record, propelled by Republican state lawmakers’ push to legislate the industry out of existence. Since 2011, at least 162 abortion providers have shut or stopped offering the procedure, while just 21 opened.
At no time since before 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion, has a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy been more dependent on her zip code or financial resources to travel. The drop-off in providers — more than one every two weeks — occurred in 35 states, in both small towns and big cities that are home to more than 30 million women of reproductive age.
No region was exempt, though some states lost more than others. Texas, which in 2013 passed sweeping clinic regulations that are under scrutiny by the Supreme Court, saw the most: at least 30. It was followed by Iowa, with 14, and Michigan, with 13. California’s loss of a dozen providers shows how availability declined, even in states led by Democrats, who tend to be friendly to abortion rights.
Of course, the same access issue is true of everything. There are no McDonald's restaurants in Calhoun County, West Virginia. This has nothing to do with state Department of Health regulations, and everything to do with the county's population standing at 7,564 people.

There is no major hospital, no major college, or no subway in Calhoun either. 


  1. Truly good news! Perhaps we have turned the corner on abortion and are heading back in the direction of sanity. - Elric

  2. Ve mussssst non menchion ze economee or peeple's vishes und interests. Ze narrrrrratif, you know.

  3. They already killed the women yesterday who would be getting abortions today.

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