In other words, the Roe effect is accelerating.
From Wednesday's Best of the Web:
'Strictly a Business Decision'
CNSNews.com looks at the Planned Parenthood annual report and notes an interesting trend:
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation's most frequent provider of abortions, is performing more of the procedures than ever--albeit in fewer clinics--and relying increasingly on the revenue generated from abortions, according to its Fiscal Year 2004 annual report.
"A survey of newspaper stories regarding the closing of 11 of the organization's clinics during Fiscal Year 2004 revealed a common cause," CNSNews reports: Demand for abortions in these areas is declining. CNSNews notes that clinics have closed in Texas, Ohio and Indiana--all states President Bush carried--and in Houghton, Mich., which is in a northern county where Bush outpolled John Kerry, 56% to 43%:
"While we recognize the need for affordable family planning services in the Copper Country," said Scott Blanchard, executive director of PPNM [Planned Parenthood of Northern Michigan], "our Houghton center simply hasn't served enough clients to justify the monthly costs to keep it going."
Closing the facility was a difficult decision, Blanchard noted in a press release, in part because "those who oppose Planned Parenthood's presence in Houghton will undoubtedly see this as a victory.
"However, this was strictly a business decision," he said.
This suggests that the demand for abortion is becoming more concentrated in areas that vote Democratic. In other words, the Roe effect is accelerating.