Abortion Clinics Are Closing At Record Rates

baby-steps

In an article about another year in which a record number of US abortion clinics closed their doors,  Bloomberg Business opened with this…

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.

Propelled by Republican state lawmakers. Propelled. That makes quite a political statement does it not? Sets the tone. You’re either thinking, YEAH! close those damn murder factories, or #@$!!*&^@!! women-hating Republicans.

Sorry to break your water but a few paragraphs after this, Bloomberg exposes what can be only be called, in this context, much bigger propellers, and Democrats should be ecstatic.

(emphasis mine)

State regulations that make it too expensive or logistically impossible for facilities to remain in business drove more than a quarter of the closings. Industry consolidation, changing demographics, and declining demand were also behind the drop, along with doctor retirements and crackdowns on unfit providers.

Math is hard.  I get that. But evil Republicans are actually only to blame for about 25% of the closings, even according to Bloomberg. This means that nearly three-quarters of the closings (almost 75%) had nothing to do with “Republican state lawmakers’ push to legislate the industry out of existence.”

Abortion Clinic Collapse Disorder has significantly less to do with legislators legislating and a good deal more to do with people not wanting or needing abortions.

I’m no Bloomberg Editor but that sounds like the lede to me.

While we are on the subject, did I miss Debbie Wasserman Shultz’ press conference? Did Obama interrupt prime time to share this glorious news and it somehow went unreported? Abortions must be becoming more rare. Isn’t that what the Democrats and their media allies have always said they wanted? Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.

Nearly Seventy-Five percent of abortion clinics closed last year because abortions are becoming more rare. Consolidation. Demographics. Declining demand. More rare.

No press conference? No cable-news broadside? PMSNBC didn’t devote a whole day to this? It wasn’t above the fold on the Democrat party paper of record?

Safe, legal, rare. I’ve head Democrats say that.

Speaking of safe, more than a few of that fraction of clinics that “Republican State lawmakers” could take credit for closing closed because the clinics found it too expensive (or logistically impossible) to operate safely.

After some high-profile deaths from botched abortions in filthy clinics Republicans who noticed the Democrats dropping the ball on the Safe part of Safe, Legal, and Rare, took it upon themselves to cross-the-aisle and uphold that oath to women of reproductive age all across the fruited plain. They passed some laws, which Democrats typically love doing except in this case, requiring women’s health care facilities that specialized in abortions to behave like women’s health care facilities that specialized in caring for the rest of a woman.

For those keeping score this means that a lot more than 75% of the abortion clinics that closed last year were to accommodate 66% of what Democrats tell Americans what they believe about women and abortions. They didn’t say thank you.

Making abortion safer caused Democrats to have a fit. Making them rare inspired writers and editors in the employ of Bloomberg News to lede with the evils of legislating businesses out of existence.

I confess that it is good to see Bloomberg taking an interest in government “regulations that make it too expensive or logistically impossible for facilities to remain in business,” even if they are referring to abortion clinics.

Baby steps, right?