VANCOUVER, WA, June 5, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Planned Parenthood affiliate has revealed that it has had to dramatically downsize – including closing one-third of its offices in its two-state territory – because it had lost a quarter of its business in two years.
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette announced yesterday that it is closing three of its offices in Oregon and Washington State, and downsizing personnel at the remaining six.
Liz Delapoer, the affiliate's communication director, told The Oregonian that Planned Parenthood had seen a 27 percent reduction in its number of customers since 2012.
According to the Oregon Public Health Division, abortions have fallen steadily statewide. The number of abortions reported in 2013 was 8,033, down from 9,016 in 2012. The number of reported abortions in January 2014 was 287 – less than one-third of the number reported in the same period either of the previous two years.
Delapoer said 17 staff members at the remaining facilities would lose their jobs, and another five would have their hours cut. Four open positions will be allowed to disappear through attrition. Nearly 10 percent of its 244-person workforce will be affected.
The abortion provider closed locations in Clackamas and Gresham, Oregon, as well as its office in Salmon Creek, Washington. None provided surgical abortion, but all provided the morning after pill.
She added that the group is considering adding a new location somewhere in its territory in the coming year.
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Dan Kennedy of Human Life of Washington told LifeSiteNews yesterday, “Human Life is delighted that the killing business is losing 'customers.'”
Nationwide, the rate of surgical abortions continues to fall. The Guttmacher Institute reported this February that abortion rates fell in 2011 to their lowest level since Roe v. Wade.
“The demand for abortion had dropped significantly in America so there is more competition for every abortion dollar,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “Planned Parenthood’s bloated organizations are collapsing under their own weight.”