Columbus Abortion Facility Going Out of Business: Capital Care Network Closing Columbus Abortion Facility
Greater Columbus Right to Life learned today that the Capital Care Women's Center (CCWC) abortion facility will likely close their Columbus abortion facility located at 4818 Indianola Avenue. After a noticeable decline in business over the past year or so, it appears that the abortion facility can no longer afford to remain in open.
CCWC is affiliated with the Capital Care Women's Network, an affiliation of abortion facilities in Akron, Columbus, Lima and Toledo, Ohio, and Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Capital Care Network is informing potential clients that they are only scheduling appointment through Wednesday, June 6. After that date they are referring clients to the Founder's Women's Health abortion facility at 1243 East Broad Street.
"One closed, three to go," said Ruth Yorston, Greater Columbus Right to Life Executive Director, referring to the number of abortion facilities in Columbus. "The pro-life movement's efforts to educate people on the unalterable consequence of abortion - the death of the pre-born child, and the dangers of abortion - the physical risks to the mother and emotional health risks to the mother and father, have led to the decline in business that appears to be forcing CCWC to close their doors."
Yorston continued, saying that "the closing of this abortion facility is also a result of pro-life volunteers praying for and sidewalk counseling CCWC's clients that they deserve better than abortion. Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, women need support and assistance that affirms them and supports them through and beyond their pregnancy. What we don't need are people telling us that we're incapable of leading meaningful and fulfilled lives while being pregnant and giving birth to a child. That attitude demeans women and paves the way for them to choose the path of ending the life of their child - a path from which there is no return."
Earlier this year Greater Columbus Right to Life launched a sidewalk counselor training program designed to increase the number of sidewalk counselors at Columbus abortion facilities. Nearly 50 men and women attended the workshop to learn how to bring a message of love and hope to women and men standing on abortion's precipice. We are now working to engage these counselors and more who will follow them through our training in the life-saving work that is helping to close the Capital Care Women's Center abortion facility.
"Our hope is that this wonderful news will motivate even more to join us in our efforts to bring an end to abortion in Franklin County. While this is certainly a victory, we cannot yet say 'mission accomplished!' The number of abortion facilities in our community appears to be decreasing by 25%, but still nearly one out of every five abortions committed in the State of Ohio occur in the City of Columbus. It appears that there will now be three facilities in Columbus performing abortions five days a week and that the Founders abortion
facility will receive increased business due to CCWC's closing."
The Greater Columbus pro-life community must increase our education and advocacy work to support women facing difficult circumstances while they nurture the child developing within. "Greater Columbus Right to Life is committed to staying the course until we see the day that women in unplanned pregnancies receive the assistance they need to chose life and health for themselves and their children and the last abortion facility in our city closes its doors. With the support and involvement of local pro-life people we look forward to not only decreasing the number of abortion facilities but the number of abortions as well", said Yorston.
Click here to partner with Greater Columbus Right to Life by volunteering or making a tax-deductable donation to our Educational Foundation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2010
Contact: Ruth Yorston
Franklin County and Columbus MSA Abortion Numbers Increase in 2009
(Columbus, OH) – While abortions statewide continue to decrease, the Franklin County and the eight-county Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area both saw increases in 2009. The Ohio Department of Health’s annual Induced Abortions in Ohio report reveals that 5,581 abortions were performed in Franklin County, which is an increase of 6.87% over 2008 numbers. There were 4,291 abortions performed on residents of the eight-county region, a 2.93% increase over 2008. Of those 4,291 abortions, 5.41% (232) were performed on children 17 years of age and younger, and 45.82% (1,996) were performed on predominantly young, college-aged women, those between the ages of 18 and 24. The other large group receiving abortions are women aged 25 to 39 – the young professional woman: 45.09% (1,935) of abortions performed on Columbus MSA residents in this age group.
State-wide, there was a 3% decrease in abortions with 28,721 abortions performed, down from 29,613 in 2008.
"The increase in abortions in the Greater Columbus region demonstrates the importance of the Pro-Life community continuing to educate and advocate on abortion and other life-related issues”, said Ruth Yorston, Greater Columbus Right to Life Executive Director. “While this increase is disappointing, we must not allow ourselves to become discouraged, but instead to rise up all the more and speak for those whose voices have been silenced by abortion.”
Yorston continues: “Parents do not have to choose a death sentence for their pre-born child – there are numerous crisis pregnancy centers in the region that offer free, confidential support services and whose volunteers and staff are ready to support them throughout their pregnancy and whatever decision they make for their child after birth – either by helping them to make an adoption plan or by helping to provide the physical, emotional and educational support they need to parent their child”
Contact information for the crisis pregnancy centers in the Greater Columbus region can be found at Greater Columbus Right to Life’s Web site, www.gcrtl.org.
Greater Columbus Right to Life is Central Ohio's Pro-Life education and advocacy organization.
Sponsoring such programs as the annual Rally for Life at the Ohio Statehouse, the semi-annual 40 Days for Life Campaign, the Voice for the Voiceless Signature Ad Campaign, the Greater Columbus Pro-Life College Fund, the Youth Oratory Contest and providing resources and educational opportunities to high school and college students as well as adults throughout the central Ohio area through workshops and seminars, hosting educational booths at local fairs and festivals, and providing speakers on life-related issues such as abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia and assisted suicide, Greater Columbus Right to Life promotes a community that protects life from conception until natural death.