The following comes from a Jan. 7 release sent by


The number of abortion clinics in America continued to decline in 2018, following a trend that has seen an overall decrease of 159 abortion facilities since 2012.


Overall, in 2018, 40 abortion facilities closed or no longer qualify as abortion clinics.


Today, there are a total of 697 abortion centers left in America – seven fewer than there were at the end of 2017.


That total includes 467 facilities that conduct surgical abortions – down dramatically from the high-water mark of 2,176 surgical facilities documented in 1991.  This represents a massive 79 percent decrease in the number of surgical abortion facilities over the past 27 years.


Clinics that offered abortion drugs only, such as abortion pills or other chemical means, increased in number by 17 facilities to a total of 230.  However, 12 of those added clinics were not new.  They were surgical facilities that reduced services to provide only medical abortions.  In 2018, eight medical abortion facilities closed permanently.


The data was compiled by Operation Rescue, which conducted a survey of all abortion facilities in the U.S. from November 26 through December 14, 2018.