CLACKAMAS, OR, June 4, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Planned Parenthood affiliate has announced that, in order to remain financially viable, it is closing three offices in the Pacific Northwest and laying off employees at its remaining locations.
Stacy Cross, CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, which covers Oregon and part of Washington State, said in a press release that the action is “necessary in order to maintain a fiscally solvent operation that continues to keep our doors open to patients in our region for the long-term.”
The organization has closed its centers in Clackamas and Gresham, Oregon, as well as its office in Salmon Creek, Washington.
Dan Kennedy of Human Life of Washington told LifeSiteNews, “Human Life is delighted that the killing business is losing 'customers.'”
“As the nation becomes more pro-life, we anticipate seeing more of this,” he said. “This is good news for women, men, and children in the womb.”
Oregon Right to Life said on its Facebook page that the closures would save babies' lives. “Considering those areas are already serviced by crisis pregnancy centers, we are confident that life will be chosen by Oregon women even more than ever!”
The group's executive director, Gayle Attebury, told The Oregonian the closure was “a pleasant surprise” necessitated by the fact that the abortion providers “aren't getting the business they'd like.”
Following the recent trend of Planned Parenthood closures and mergers, the closed facilities offered abortion referrals and the morning after pill but did not perform abortions themselves.
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According to the Guttmacher Institute, which was long institutionally tied to Planned Parenthood, abortion rates fell in 2011 to their lowest level since Roe v. Wade.
Cross said some employees at the affiliate's six remaining offices – in Beaverton, Bend, Salem, Vancouver, and two offices in Portland – will be fired for economic reasons.
“We are confident that with this realignment of resources, we can evolve our health care practices to create a sustainable model for patients today and the future,” Cross said.