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Pro-Life Laws Shut Down South Carolina Abortion Facility
by Associated Press

Greenville, SC July 26, 2002 -- Despite years of protests, one of Greenville's abortion facilities remained open. However, the cost of newly imposed state regulations passed by pro-life lawmakers finally drove the Palmetto State Medical Center abortion facility out of business, said attorney Randall S. Hiller, who represents the abortion business' owner, William Lynn.
"The unnecessary costs added by these regulations were financially impossible," Hiller said.
The closure leaves three abortion businesses in the state - the Greenville Women's Clinic, Planned Parenthood of South Carolina in Columbia, and the Charleston Women's Medical Clinic, said Chris Jueschke, chief
executive officer of the state's Planned Parenthood.
Abortion advocates said the closing was a regrettable loss while pro-life advocates called it a victory.
"We're obviously sad that Dr. Lynn is leaving because he served Greenville since 1986," said Candy Kern, coordinator for the Greenville chapter of the pro-abortion National Organization for Women.
"It has given women two choices for abortion services in Greenville services," she said. "But women in Greenville will still need services, and those services will be filled by other clinics in Greenville, Charlotte or Atlanta."
Lisa Van Riper, president of South Carolina Citizens for Life, said abortions in South Carolina have declined by 47 percent in the past 10 years.
"The closing of this abortion clinic is a continuation of that trend," she said. That decline is due to a growing concern "for prenatal life" and increasing alternatives, including adoption, she said.

Abortion advocates say women will now head to surrounding states for abortions.

"We do know already that a significant number of women from South Carolina go out of state for abortion services," Jueschke said. Statewide, he said, the number of abortions dropped 16.6 percent between 1997 and 1999 from 9,212 to 7,687.
Nationally, the number of abortions dropped from 1.6 million in 1990 to 1.3 million in 1997, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, potentially disproving the pro-abortion argument that abortions just move from one state to another.

The Greenville abortion facility had a history of legal disputes that began when Lynn and other abortion practitioners sued the state over a 1995 decision by the state legislature to change the way abortion businesses are regulated.
The state Department of Health and Environmental Control subsequently issued a 27-page book of regulations that required clinics to meet standards ranging from door widths to the number of recovery rooms.
A federal judge ruled that the common sense regulations imposed an undue burden on a woman's "right" to abortion by loading down providers with unnecessary requirements. In August 2000, that decision was overturned by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Last September, a federal judge found that the law violated "privacy rights" because it gave the state access to patients' records in reviewing medical services, according to pro-abortion The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy. But pro-life state Attorney General Charlie Condon appealed that ruling. Lawyers for abortion providers want the 4th Circuit to rule that provision of the law unconstitutional.

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Subject:   Pro-Life Laws Shut Down South Carolina Abortion Facility
Source:   Associated Press; July 21, 2002

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