July 30, 2014 — A Kansas reproductive health center that provided abortions closed on Saturday after its physician and manager both retired, leaving only three abortion clinics in the state, the AP/Lawrence Journal-World reports.
The Aid For Women clinic in Kansas City, Kan., announced its closure via a statement on its website. According to the AP/Journal-World, patients are being referred to two clinics located in suburban Kansas City and another facility in Wichita.
Jeff Pederson, former manager of the clinic, said, "The generation of patients whom we have helped need to step up and carry the torch instead of assuming clinic workers will always fight ... the battle for the right to have safe, legal, easily accessible birth control and abortions, and without having to travel to a few enlightened Democratic states."
Meanwhile, Troy Newman, the president of the antiabortion-rights group Operation Rescue, praised the clinic's closure, saying it resulted from "the faithful presence of local pro-life activists outside that facility" (AP/Lawrence Journal-World, 7/28).