Executive Director Deb Walsh posted a public letter on the Abortion Care Network website saying the clinic was unable to keep operating in part due to the "Life Defense Act," which requires abortion physicians to obtain admitting privileges at area hospitals.
The closure brings to eight the total number of abortion providers in Tennessee.
|A moving van outside the clinic. Photo courtesy of The Tennessean|
My, you would think they would be concerned enough about women that such physicians would gladly do this. Because it is all about women's health, right? In fact, in other states such as California, abortion advocates are trying to pass law that would allow people other than doctors to perform abortions, creating a sort of perverse midwifery.
Whether you accept the fact that a fetus is a child is not the issue here - it is about whether safeguards should be put in place for women's health. I note that the director of the closed abortuary stated, "We've been working on legal remedies, injunction, etc., but I was unable to bridge the financial gap of paying the monthly lease and operating expenses without knowing when we could resume seeing patients." How much of that work went towards compliance with the law, which would have required at least one doctor have admitting privileges?
Maybe it is not about women's safety. Maybe it is about . . . money.