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Kansas City abortion clinic closes without warning

by | Jul 29, 2014

 

By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life

aid-for-women-bdgAs confirmed by the Associated Press Monday, the Aid for Women (AFW) abortion clinic has closed abruptly, citing the retirement of its abortionist, Ronald Yeomans (age 73), as the reason.

The closure was announced on the AFW website, which was infamous for its churlish remarks undermining Kansas informed consent statutes. AFW’s website harshly criticized state health agency abortion information as forced by “Republican misogynist (women-hating) bullies” and asserted that cancer was a living human organism like the unborn child! (read more here)

AFW was ripe for state oversight. The Kansas clinic licensure and regulation law–long fought for by Kansas for Life– was twice vetoed by past Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and finally approved by Gov. Sam Brownback in 2011.

However the new law was blocked in federal court from going into effect just a few hours later. Aid for Women was quoted as saying they’d “have to gut the place” to be in compliance.

Although the licensure law is stalled in state court, yet to be litigated, AFW did stop providing abortion pills after the law’s passage.

As has been the case for so many previous Kansas abortionists, Yeomans was trained at the University of Kansas medical school (KUMed) and worked at Planned Parenthood. The Kansas legislature sealed off that sad legacy by ending onsite abortion provision at KUMed in 1997 and onsite abortion training at KUMed in 2013.

AFW abortionists had a long history of malpractice cases and disciplinary actions issued by the Kansas State Healing Arts Board.

SUDDEN CLOSINGS

With abortion rates dropping each year, many abortion businesses across the nation are closing or consolidating. In August 2010, Planned Parenthood of Kansas Mid-Missouri announced the sudden closing of its small Lawrence clinic merely with a note posted on the door, explaining only that continued operation was no longer “financially feasible.”

Yeomans’ Kansas annual medical license renewal was filed and accepted this month by the Healing Arts Board. But that begs the question of why an aging abortionist would pay for a state license if he knew his sole Kansas facility, AFW, was imminently closing?

Yeomans has been an itinerant abortionist for years, for a long time in West Virginia, so he may not have retired from abortions, only at the AFW Kansas City location. The SouthWind abortion clinic appears to need an abortionist; it opened last year in Wichita, Kansas, with three non-Kansas resident abortionists but only one remains on staff.

We wouldn’t be surprised to find Yeomans on their roster.

Categories: Abortion Clinic