CREATED Aug. 1, 2013
ASHWAUBENON, Wis.- The final abortion clinic in Green Bay has shut its doors today after being purchased by Bellin Health, but pro-life advocates say their fight isn't over. Leaders with Bellin issued a statement saying they're opening a new clinic saying,
"Pregnancy terminations will not be among the services provided at our newly established clinic."
With Bellin buying out the practice the pro-life group 40 Days for Life is moving their fight to a different site, the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Ashwaubenon. Even though they don't offer abortions at that location, the group says they still are associated with clinics that do.
Praying and marching ends outside Green Bay's last abortion clinic.
"A societal shift is taking place, I believe, and people of good will are saying they want to embrace life," said Bishop David Ricken of the Green Bay Catholic Diocese.
As OB/GYN Associates in Green Bay closes its doors, pro-life group 40 Days for Life moves to their next project, the Planned Parenthood Clinic on Oneida Street.
"We want people to be informed of the horror of the abortion procedure and its aftermath," said 40 Days for Life director, Jim Ball.
Planned Parenthood claims the care they offer at the Ashwaubenon clinic helps women saying, "The services provided at this health center help catch cancer earlier, stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections and reduces the number of unintended pregnancies...This is basic health care that all women nee
"The services provided at this health center help catch cancer earlier, stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections and reduces the number of unintended pregnancies. This is basic health care that all women need."
Pro-life advocates disagree, saying the services provided at the clinic promote sex among teens.
"The primary healthcare service they provide is testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases," said A&A Alexandrina Center volunteer, Christine Whipp.
Planned Parenthood insists the services they provide are important to women's health, but 40 Days for Life argues the practices go against the Catholic faith.
40 Days for Life plans to demonstrate outside the Planned Parenthood Clinic on Oneida street for 40 days straight beginning September 25.