South Champaign clinic no longer providing abortions

South Champaign clinic no longer providing abortions

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Q: Is it true that Women's Health Practice in south Champaign has stopped doing abortions?

A: Yes, abortions were discontinued at that Champaign practice as of April 1, according to its office manager, JILL REYNOLDS.

Reynolds declined to say what prompted that decision, and would not make the practice's owner, DR. SUZANNE TRUPIN, available on the phone.

"We just decided that we didn't want to offer that anymore," she said.

Women's Health Practice remains open for multiple other services, such as obstetrics and gynecology.

Women seeking abortions at Women's Health Practice are being referred to the Planned Parenthood clinic in Champaign, Reynolds said.

Planned Parenthood's Champaign health center doesn't offer surgical abortion. It provides the abortion pill, which is an at-home medication effective for up to 10 weeks after the start of the last menstrual period.

The organization said pregnant women beyond 10 weeks are referred to other abortion providers in the area.

For women in Champaign County, the referral for in-clinic abortions (using suction or suction and medical tools) is to Planned Parenthood's clinic in Springfield, according to JULIE LYNN, spokeswoman for the agency.

Women's Health Practice was the site of an attempted bombing last year, and in recent years it has consistently been the target of the local "40 Days for Life" campaign in which anti-abortion advocates hold prayer vigils outside.

RENEE MULLEN, a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church who helps coordinate the 40 Days for Life campaign in the area, said she learned about abortions being discontinued at Women's Health practice when she called recently as part of making plans for this fall's campaign.

"Each time we're planning for the next 40 Days for Life, I check to make sure nothing has changed," she said.

Abortion isn't currently on the list of services on the agency's website, but it used to be "very visible" on the site, Mullen said.

"I'd like to believe that the fact that we were out there for 40 Days for Life pretty consistently was a factor," she said.

The next 40 Days for Life campaign will run Sept. 26 to Nov. 4, and the Champaign-Urbana location will shift to outside Planned Parenthood's clinic in Champaign, Mullen said.

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