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Disturbing trend: More abortion clinics moving into the late-term abortion business Operation Rescue

Disturbing trend: More abortion clinics moving into the late-term abortion business

The Status of American Abortion Facilities in 2019 - Part two of a two-part Operation Rescue special report

(Operation Rescue) A new survey of abortion facilities in the U.S. has revealed a new, disturbing industry-wide trend that shows that overall in 2019, surgical abortion facilities have expanded into the late-term abortion market, where lucrative multi-day procedures can reap quick profits.

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The survey also found the following:

  • There are 710 abortion facilities in the U.S., comprised of 464 surgical and 245 medical abortion clinics.
  • The percentage of surgical abortion facilities that self-impose abortion limits at 13 weeks or earlier dropped from 46% in 2018 to 31% in 2019, meaning more are entering the second and even third-trimester abortion markets.
  • The number of abortion facilities willing to do abortions after 20 weeks gestation increased in 2019.
  • The national average cost of a first-trimester abortion rose to a record high of $603 in 2019, the greatest increase in three years. 
  • The national average wait time for abortion appointments remains under a week at 6.8 days, which is more than two weeks less than it takes to arrange a first appointment with a family physician.

Tweet This: The number of abortion facilities willing to do abortions after 20 weeks gestation increased in 2019.

“Much of the data gathered during our survey this year either debunks pro-abortion rhetoric or red-flags dangerous trends,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We see women being exploited by rising prices and a rush to get abortions done. We also see abortion becoming riskier with the new push into dangerous late-term abortions. This information exposes areas where more can be done to save lives.”

Methodology

Each year, Operation Rescue conducts a nationwide survey that involves contact with each abortion business in the U.S.  The information gathered about the abortion clinics and their practices represents the most accurate data available.

This most recent data was compiled by Operation Rescue, which conducted a survey of all abortion facilities in the U.S. from November 18 through December 6, 2019.

Operation Rescue defines “abortion clinics” as those businesses that conduct abortions outside a hospital setting.  There are two categories of abortion clinics:

  • Surgical Abortion Clinics: These offices conduct surgical abortions. Almost always, surgical facilities also distribute abortion-inducing drugs.
  • Medical Abortion Clinics: These offices supply abortions through the administration of drugs (pills) or other chemical means. They do not conduct surgical abortions.

Read the full Operation Rescue report HERE.

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