Another Kansas abortion clinic has closed; state now down to three

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Aid for Women, an abortion clinic at 720 Central Avenue, in Kansas City, Kansas, ceased operations last Friday, according to its website. That leaves three functioning abortion clinics for the roughly 3 million people inside the 81,000 square miles of the state of Kansas.

The official word on why the clinic closed is that the manager and the physician there decided to retire. But Aid for Women has been dealing with a complaint filed with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts by anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, alleging that the clinic did not report suspected abuse on patients’ forms.

Operation Rescue learned of the closing on Saturday, when it turned up to do the Lord’s work of harassing women at one of the most vulnerable moments of their lives. Instead, the group found nobody around. “We are aware that [Ronald] Yeomans [the Aid for Women physician] was feeling the heat from the Board on some very serious allegations, including failure to report suspected incidents of abuse,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, in a release. “While Board investigations are confidential, the case was at a point in time when we would expect that Yeomans was having his legal options limited. There is no doubt that in addition to the faithful presence of local pro-life activists outside that facility, our case contributed to his decision to retire and shut down his seedy abortion operation, although I doubt that he would ever admit it.”

Aid for Women is referring women to the three remaining locations providing abortion services:

Center for Women’s Health
4840 College Blvd, Leawood, Kansas 66211
913-491-6878

Planned Parenthood
4401 W 109th St., Overland Park, Kansas 66211
913-345-1400

Southwind Women’s Center
5107 E. Kellogg Ave., Wichita, Kansas 67218
316-425-3451

At least for the time being.

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