Nashville’s Planned Parenthood Suspends Abortions

Pro-lifers in Tennessee are again celebrating the protection of women and unborn children in Nashville with Planned Parenthood’s announcement on Monday that they have suspended abortion services in the state’s largest city. This comes just months after the closure of the city’s only other abortion facility in August.

“Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider and promoter of abortion and Nashville’s Planned Parenthood facility is reputed to be the busiest abortion center in the Volunteer State,” said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. “With the suspension of Planned Parenthood’s abortion services in Nashville, Tennessee Right to Life is grateful for a Christmas miracle.” said Harris.

Tennessee Right to Life has seen a spike in recent days of women calling the organization for abortion referrals. Through the generosity of TRL donors, a full time advocate is available to consult with abortion-vulnerable women and to identify resources to assist these women and families.

“Given additional time, information, and alternatives we have already witnessed changed hearts and minds of women who called seeking abortions but have chosen life for their unborn children instead,” said Harris. “Right to Life affirms the dignity of every person and we stand ready to assist any woman or girl in need of practical support to save the life of their unborn child.”

According to Planned Parenthood officials, a number of factors contributed to the abortion facility’s decision. “The safety of our patients is our number one priority. This interruption of abortion services is temporary and in the meantime we will continue with family planning services.” Some news accounts have pointed to a shortage of physicians willing to perform abortions.

One of the physicians known to have performed abortions at both Nashville’s Planned Parenthood and the now-defunct Women’s Center abortion facility is Angus Crook, 93. Having worked at Planned Parenthood for more than 40 years, Crook was cited in 2016 by the Tennessee Department of Health for writing prescriptions for a Planned Parenthood nurse without creating medical records or obtaining a medical history or examination. In 2015 Crook was found to have signed a blank prescription for a patient after which the nurse wrote the prescription out to himself.

Crook was disciplined for “unprofessional, dishonorable or unethical conduct” in violation of Tennessee law and was fined civil penalties.

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(Source: Tennessee Right to Life)

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