So far, in 2013, 44 abortion clinics have closed. Due to new state laws and improved inspections, abortion clinics have been forced to close down in record numbers. 42 of those offered surgical abortions, while the other two offered chemical abortions.
For Abby Johnson, it takes on a special meaning. When the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas closed, it was the end of a long circle for Johnson, who once ran that abortion clinic before her conscience got the better of her and she left Planned Parenthood for Coalition for Life.
"Knowing that the former abortion clinic I once ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory of my life. From running that facility, to then advocating for its closure, and now celebrating that dream ... it shows that my life has indeed come full circle."
These are not just small clinics who had been hanging by a thread either. NOVA Women's Healthcare in Fairfax, Va., the stae's largest abortion provider, who was unable to continue operations after the state enacted tougher safety measures. 6633 abortions were performed in that clinic over the last two years.
Abortion supporters have called laws passed by many states to be draconian, Most of the laws passed, just require the same from abortion clinics as they do any other outpatient surgical operation, including admitting rights at a local hospital.