By Tom Strode
The reasons given for the upswing in closings are varied even among pro-lifers. They include:
— the increasing state regulation and oversight of clinics;
— a growth in pro-life opinion and activity, and
— a significant decline in the abortion rate.
In some cases, clinics have shut down when abortion doctors retired or were no longer licensed.
State legislatures enacted 69 pro-life laws this year, according to a report released Thursday (Sept. 5) by Americans United for Life. In all, 48 states considered about 360 such proposals in 2013, AUL reported.