Well here’s a little bit of good news from USA Today. Planned Parenthood has officially shut down their abortion services in Nashville, which means the closest abortion provider is 200 miles away.
The only remaining abortion clinic in Tennessee’s capital has ceased offering abortions, instead referring patients to clinics 200 miles away in Knoxville and Memphis.
Officials with Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, which operates the north Nashville clinic, could not say when its clinic would resume abortions. The organization has a shortage of physicians to do the procedure, a spokeswoman said.
Man that is terrific news. It’s the 2nd clinic to stop abortions in Nashville this year. If only there were a shortage of doctors everywhere to perform abortions, we could get rid of all of it.
The suspension of abortion services at Nashville’s only abortion clinic comes at a time when the number of abortion providers in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast continues to dwindle.
Tennessee now has six abortion providers, down from 16 in 2000 but more than in any other neighboring state except North Carolina.
Nashville’s Planned Parenthood clinic was the largest provider of abortions in the state, serving women in rural Middle Tennessee counties as well as neighboring as Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi.
Some women now will have to travel even further to obtain an abortion. And under Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting-period law, they will have to make the trip twice.
While I am very happy about this, my guess is that it’s not permanent and they will find a way to resume their baby-murdering services at some point in the future.
But for now, here’s more great news:
Tennessee Right to Life, which advocates against abortions, already is seeing a spike in women callers who could not obtain abortion appointments in Nashville, said Brian Harris, the organization’s president. The organization advertises services for women who are pregnant and need help but does not perform abortions or refer women to abortion clinics.