The Northern Illinois Women's Center, which had been temporarily shut by the Illinois Department of Public Health for three months, has decided to end its 40 years of "service."
According to the Rockford Register Star,
The clinic's decision is based on a lack of support from the community, the political climate surrounding the abortion issue both locally and nationally and the challenge the clinic would face in rebuilding staff, the director said.
The permanent shutdown is the result of a long-running legal battle over the clinic's suitability to provide abortion services in a healthy and professional manner. Earlier this month, the clinic and state agreed a number of fixes that allowed the facility to re-open.
The abortion industry long has fought health and safety regulations. We are supposed to believe that abortion clinics are all run properly and never ever for anything but the best of motives.
Following up on this thought, Peter Breen, executive director of the Thomas More Society that had provided legal advice for the Rockford pro-life community, said, “This facility is just one of the many Illinois abortion clinics not required to meet the same standards as the other non-abortion outpatient surgical facilities in Illinois.How many more women have to be subjected to substandard medical care before the General Assembly will act?”
The Pro-Life Action League issued an analysis of the clinic's stated reasons for the shut-d0wn:
(1) A lack of support from the community. It’s not hard to see why the good people of Rockford want nothing to do with NIWC. A creepy looking place that doesn’t sterilize their instruments and has bizarre window displays featuring signs of Jesus giving the middle finger and saying, “Even Jesus hates you” isn’t the sort of place anyone would want in their backyard.
(2) The political climate surrounding the abortion issue both locally and nationally. That’s another way of saying that abortion isn’t very popular right now, and nobody is willing to go to bat for it: not in Rockford, Illinois, or anywhere else. This in itself speaks volumes.
(3) The challenge the clinic would face in rebuilding staff. For anyone who has followed the saga of NIWC, this will surprise exactly no one. The last two nurses they had each worked there less than three months. Just as nobody wants NIWC in their backyard, nobody wants to work there either.
A Victory for Pro-Life Activism
The closing of NIWC is a victory for unborn babies, it’s a victory for women, and it’s a victory for the stalwart pro-life activists of Rockford who made it happen.
For years, a committed group of faithful pro-life activists have prayed and sidewalk counseled outside NIWC every day abortions were done, and they have extensively documented and publicized all of the bizarre and macabre happenings there.
It’s precisely because of these pro-life activists’ tireless efforts that NIWC no longer has any “support” left in Rockford, and why no potential employee would want to set foot inside.
It’s also because of the investigative work of pro-life activists working with the Pro-Life Action League who submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests regarding NIWC and subsequently filed complaints with the Illinois Department of Public Health that NIWC’s license was suspended in the first place.