ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Regions Hospital in St. Paul announced their plan to cease providing abortion care services starting Dec. 9.

A press release announced the plan to close the GYN Special Services Clinic, noting it was part of the clinic’s overall planning approach as of late, moving certain medical care services to non-hospital settings.

The plan aims to reduce overall costs and improve the facilities’ accessibility. The release also cited the alternative locations for women seeking abortions.

“Community-based providers are available for women seeking confidential abortion care services. Women in Minnesota have community-based providers they can turn to when seeking confidential abortion care services in a professional medical setting,” said Chris Boese, Regions’ vice president of patient care. “We’re confident that patients will find the care they need from providers in our community, who provide comprehensive care, including reproductive health and family planning.”

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Linnea House, the executive director for NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, said the change puts added stress on women seeking abortions.

“The fewer services and providers that we have for abortion care puts added stress on women who are seeking abortion care,” said House. “While I respect the decision made by Regions, I do think it highlights the need for making sure that women have access to safe care.”

House said it’s part of nationwide movement to end abortions at hospitals, limiting such services to non-profit clinics or for-profit organizations.

“It’s part of a larger trend further stigmatizing abortion providers, making it more controversial to receive access (to abortion services.),” House said.

Comments (44)
  1. Molly says:

    The statement made by the author of this article on behalf of Regions Hospital is either cleverly designed to be disingenuous or designed to imply contradictions to rationality. The press release states the obvious, that the Hospital will be closing down the GYN Special Services Clinic. The reason; to move certain medical care services to non-hospital settings. The objective; The plan aims to reduce overall costs and improve the facilities’ accessibility. How do you improve a facilities accessibility by reducing costs? If your removing facilities, your eliminating accessibility and service. In addition to facilitating abortion, what non medical services are moving as a result of the closing and where? Vice president Chris Boese has set a directive that appears on the surface to improve accessibility, but his message is laden with double speak. This clearly is a declaration of inconsistency in regards to a woman’s prerogative to their health and well being, and removing the service of abortion
    to community based providers is a poor way to address a serious medical issue.

    1. St Paul says:

      Yes Molly, I totally agree with your post. Great info!!

    2. dawn says:

      Absolutely correct. Thank you!

  2. Nancy Aleshire says:

    How can this be–abortion is a safe legal procedure if done during the first trimester. It is much better to have it take place in a full service hospital than in a clinic in the event that some complication takes place. Tubal ligations and vasectomies are performed in Regions, aren’t they?

    1. Mary L. says:

      I remember telling my husband, as I went into labor with all 8 of our children, that if anything should go wrong, and for some reason I’m unable to speak for myself, it will be up to him to let the doctor and midwives know, that if the situation becomes one of my life or the baby’s…they MUST SAVE THE BABY! That’s just how pro-life I feel… I only pray that those women I meet when I’m sidewalk counseling in front of the abortion clinic, even if they believe they could never parent their child, would at least give their baby life in the womb, bring them to term and into the waiting arms of loving, adopting parents. We simply must always protect the unborn.

      1. smb says:

        This is exactly why more hospitals should offer the legal service.

        So women who, during one of the most difficult decisions of their lives, don’t have to be harassed on their way into a clinic.

        When you are “counseling” these women do you ever listen to their stories?
        Do you think maybe the time you are “counseling” could maybe be better served mentoring children who are actually here and missing a parent. Or working a homeless shelter or food kitchen.

        We simply must support living breathing children.

        1. St Paul says:

          I totally agree smb!! Good post!

  3. MIke says:

    Roe vs. Wade is established law in the USA and your inability to succinctly establish an argument is obvious.
    No one is telling anyone they must have an abortion and people like you that espouse your offensive moral superiority on woman and their reproductive rights, is reprehensible. If you don’t want an abortion, don’t get one. Until the law of the land is changed, your just blowing your horn to an audience that does not care what the hell you think.

    1. ohoh says:

      What you are saying is true Mike, abortion is legal, but Roe vs Wade is just bad law, it was established under duress during a highly politicized environment in the country. It will be challenged and changed for the very fact that it is bad law. Abortion is a barbaric practice and in a civilized nation, should not be tolerated. I also feel that we need to support women who find themselves pregnant for what ever reason and don’t wish to keep the child. To the women who feel the need to abort, you are satisfying an immediate crisis feeling with draconian measures, which in later years, with the pressure off, you willl regret.

      1. Diane says:

        I don’t buy that. I will never buy that. I have never met a woman whom hasn’t regret it. It’s only at the surface when that is said (from what you wrote above).

      2. jackactionhero says:

        What should be done to a woman who wants an abortion? Should we build more prisons for Aborters and their Supporters? (Catchy name, right?)

        You don’t get to decide what anybody regrets, nor do you get to enact law based on your perceptions of it.

        Whether or not Roe v Wade is challenged or overturned, abortions will not cease. Period. That needs to be accounted for in your argument, and it isn’t.

    2. cyndyforcynical says:

      To Mike—You did not read or comprehend what I said. I was not talking about moral issues—I’m talking about the legal issues and conflicts. It sounds as though I’ve hit a nerve—If your venom is due to personal experience I’m urging you to get some counselling.

    3. Jason says:

      Actually I care, and agree with Cyndy. You dont speak for me and may others with a soul.

  4. Obv. says:

    Do you abort babies for a living?

    1. Mike says:

      God aborts babies through the actions of polyspermy and miscarriages, but like legalized abortion, it’s part of the plan.

  5. Abortion Is Death. says:

    Christ came to conquer death, and therefore abortion.

    John 10
    10 (Jesus says) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

    1. I'm just saying.... says:

      I do not eat green eggs and ham
      I do not eat them, Sam I Am.

    2. MIke says:

      “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” (I Samuel 15:2-3)

      He also promoted death………..

  6. Shell says:

    While I could never have an abortion myself I do believe in a woman’s right to choose. The reality is that many babies that are aborted would be born with birth defects and FTS. So be prepared to use your tax money to support all these children with special needs. So glad you spend your time picketing clinics and protecting the unborn, too bad that once these children are born you turn your back and complain about Human Services funding. A child is born with special needs the Gov’t pays. A child is born to a parent who tests positive for drugs… the gov’t takes the child and pays. I know it’s not always about the almighty dollar but I am just sayingto those who picket the abortion clinic, stop by Human Services and pick up an application for Foster Care on your way, and then don’t take any money for taking in these children.

    1. cyndyforcynical says:

      The reality is Shell that most babies that are aborted are not wanted by their mothers and are aborted for convenience.

      1. J says:

        yes and children who are not wanted by their mothers grow up to become criminals and steal your car stereo.

      2. dawn says:

        That is a very ignorant comment of a very complex medical decision.

        1. cyndyforcynical says:

          The number of elective abortions that involve complex medical decisions, dawn, is minuscule.

    2. Diane says:

      Shell, I am a Republican.I see where you are getting at. While I am pro-tea party and for getting rid of the pork spent on taxes, I am also pro-life. Being pro-life takes precedent over any other issue. Foster care and being under gov’t services for a special needs childs is still much better than a dead child.

      1. mary says:

        I agree Diane, with all you posted here. And I say “thankyou” to Regeions for whatever the reason they will not preform any abortions. I feel at least there is one LESS place a woman can have her precious babys life ended (killing) by abortion. Please woman, if you don’t want your child please give it the gift of Life (not death) and give it up for adoption, so many loving couples would love to adopt your baby.

        1. jackactionhero says:

          So you think other places that perform abortions should also stop offering the service? Do you believe that will lower the number of abortions?

          That doesn’t make one less place a woman can get an abortion. It makes one less safe place to get one. A woman isn’t going to go to Regions for an abortion, get told they don’t offer them anymore, and then go home and not have an abortion. That makes your comment really uneducated and ignorant, mary.

          If you don’t want an abortion, then don’t have one. That is where your right to dictate ends.

      2. Shell says:

        I agree it is much better than a dead child even though I am pro-choice. You say Foster care is better but yet our budget has been cut so bad we can’t take of children like we should. I wish more people would spend there time trying to mentor someone on how to be more successful in this world instead of just walking a picket line with pictures of aborted babies. Maybe I should walk along with posters of young children beaten by the parents? We need more education and mentoring. People please get involved. Pay it forward and make a difference. Stop just complaining about the problem and be part of the solution.

  7. Frankie says:

    Oh please people. There is no nobility in what Regions is doing. Reimbursement for abortions must be less than the cost (including OBGYN malpractice insurance). From someone who know people who work there it is all about the benjamins. Also Chis Boes is not a right wingnut.

    1. Diane says:

      Of course that is a reason. Just as Planned Parenthood reduces or eliminates services for their business. However, calling someone a right wing nut-job because you disagree with him is wrong. Would you want someone calling you a left wing nut job (or at least a pro-choice nut job ) because they disagree with you?

      1. Frankie says:

        Someone earlier made a comment about Chris Bose that has been removed, I called no one a wingnut.Perhaps you should try to read a little better as what I clearly typed was “Also Chis Boes is not a right wingnut.” Nothing I posted could be construed as either for or against abortion.
        Look through these boards. Name calling runs rampant when someone cannot disprove a point. Kevin (also posting under another name) and Jake promote violence against those that do not see their way.

  8. Molly says:

    “Anyone can go on-line to learn what the probability is of successfully salvaging fetuses of any gestational age.”

    Once again, your point is what? It makes no difference at what age a fetus can survive outside the womb if the woman who is carrying makes a decision to abort it under the law of the land. Your trying to establish a probable legal precedent where their is none. In what state in this country has a woman or doctor been prosecuted in federal court for aborting a fetus done under the guidelines of the the law? Suggesting that this move on behalf of Regions Hospital was done for legal purposes is fictionally hysterical. Your obviously against a woman’s right to choose, which is your prerogative, but until the law is on your side, your activism is reprehensibly untenable..

    1. mel says:

      So, a woman’s will has the divine ability to impart and define life? “If I want the baby, than it is alive. If I don’t want the baby that it is not alive.” Being “wanted” does not define value or life. A woman’s will has no power to identify when life begins. It is either alive from conception or it is alive from birth. If a woman who has previously had an abortion and then later allowed another child of hers come to term, her viewpoint should not change, and the baby she allowed come to term would not be celebrated, prepared for, or embraced until birth. Otherwise she would be defying her viewpoint that life begins at birth. I would be hardpressed to find a woman who didn’t talk to, stroke her belly, or prepare for a later-term baby in the womb. At least be consistent. When someone comes up to said woman and asks about her upcoming arrival, her response should be, “because I don’t believe life begins until birth, we don’t really talk about my pregnancy.”

      1. jackactionhero says:


        You are ridiculous. Mind your own business and get on with your life.

    2. cyndyforcynical says:

      Once again, you are not comprehending what was written—-Roe v. Wade is a 38 y/o law that has been made passe due to advances in science. It is now in conflict with laws concerning manslaughter and murder in most states. Seems pretty direct.

  9. BearskinBob says:

    “The separation of church and state is one of the best ideas I have ever heard. Lets keep it that way” (BearskinBob 2011)

  10. jean says:

    row vs wade, yea! a woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, particularly when her life is in danger or her health is threatened, right of women to make their own reproductive decisions.

    1. cyndyforcynical says:

      In reading your comment, as well as the others here, i can tell that you don’t know what the abortion process looks like. You might change your mind.

  11. No Comfort For You says:

    Luke 13:3 (Jesus says) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye (including Mike) repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

  12. Diane says:

    I thank Regions Hospital as well. The doctors are finally following the Hippocratic Oath to to no harm. They are finally following the views that represent 97% of Obstetricians whom believe that abortion is wrong. I bet the abortion decline is due to the fact that it is hard to find a doctor whom would perform an abortion.

  13. Diane says:

    Kman: Abortions will always occur. Making someone legal to prevent something illegal is not the way to go. Should the US legalize cocaine and kidnapping? Of course not!

  14. Diane says:


    “What?!! Try an English class, please”.” How about your, “What??!!”. Those that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

    1. English Teacher says:

      Try again, Diane:

      Casually, exclamation marks may be repeated for additional emphasis (“That’s great!!!”).

      The exclamation mark is sometimes used in conjunction with the question mark. Again, this is informal.

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