- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - An abortion provider in Manassas is closing at the end of the month.

The Amethyst Health Center for Women is the only abortion provider in Manassas and Prince William County, according to NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.

The clinic is closing Sept. 28 after 27 years of operation due to the retirement of its founder and owner.

The closure leaves only three abortion providers in northern Virginia - two in Falls Church and one in Alexandria.

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said Wednesday it will be extremely difficult for another provider to replace the clinic in Manassas because the city has passed zoning restrictions that would make establishing a new clinic onerous.

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