In 2015, abortion clinics closed at a rate of more than one per week
The total number abortion clinics in America continues to decline, following a nationwide trend extending back to 1991. In 2015, abortion clinics closed at a rate of more than one per week with 53 abortion clinics shutting down or halting all abortion services.
Operation Rescue directly surveyed all abortion facilities in the U.S. from December 1-15, 2015 and found the following:
• 42 Surgical abortion clinics halted all abortion services.
• 11 Medical abortion clinics halted all abortion services.
In addition, a number of abortion facilities reduced services:
• 16 abortion clinics halted surgeries and now offer only medication abortions.
• 12 abortion clinics stopped dispensing abortion drugs and now only offer surgical abortions, noting that the abortion pill was “ineffective” or “too dangerous.”
In all, 81 abortion clinics closed or reduced services in 2015.
Currently, there are 517 surgical abortion clinics and 213 medication abortion clinics remaining active in the U.S., the lowest numbers in decades.
In 1991, which is considered the high water mark for the number of abortion clinics, 2,176 surgical facilities offered abortions. Since then, 81% have closed.