Mississippi Abortion Business Will Close When Abortionist Loses License

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 15, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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Mississippi Abortion Business Will Close When Abortionist Loses License

by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
August 15, 2004

Jackson, MS (LifeNews.com) — Friday will be the last day abortions were performed at New Woman Medical Center in Jackson, leaving only one abortion business operating in the Magnolia state, according to pro-life leaders.

The facility’s closing comes just weeks after abortion practitioner Malacy Malvin deHenre, the primary person performing abortions at New Woman, had his license to practice medicine suspended by the Alabama Medical Licensure Commission.

DeHenre is also currently under investigation by the Mississippi State Licensure Board.

Dr. W. Joseph Burnett, executive director of the Mississippi State Licensure Board, told the Associated Press that it was not uncommon for one state to repeat the action of another, though he could not disclose specifics of the investigation. It is also unknown exactly why the Alabama Commission suspended deHenre’s license.

Pat Cartrette, executive director of Pro-Life Mississippi, said her organization heard from employees at the facility that it had been bought out, and would close as early as Friday.

"It is almost hard to know how to react to this news," stated Pro-Life Mississippi on its web site. "While it is great that the place is closing, feelings of rejoicing are shadowed by the great knowledge of all of the death that has taken place there."

The history of the business is indeed dark. Since it opened in 1989, Pro-Life Mississippi has noted that there have been approximately 34,000 abortions performed there by four difference people. One was jailed on pornography charges, one was jailed for tax evasion, and most recently deHenre lost his license.

"We have been calling for an investigation of deHenre and New Woman since February 2003 when we began a series of letters to then Attorney General Mike Moore, the Health Department, and the Board of Medical Licensure," Cartrette told LifeNews.com.

"Now an Alabama woman has died and we call on Mississippi to act quickly before we have another death of a Mississippi mother," Cartrette added.

Cartrette referred to a Birmingham woman who died in November 2003, just 10 hours after deHenre performed an abortion, just one of the documented cases of harm caused by the abortionist.

In February 2001, a 22-year-old woman had to have a hysterectomy after an abortion performed by deHenre, and three other cases of injured women were noted from 2001-2003.

In 1997, deHenre was charged with the murder of his wife, but the trial resulted in a hung jury. A graduate of the State University of New York-Stony Brook School of Medicine, deHenre’s specialty is obstetrics and gynecology.

Pro-Life Mississippi plans to schedule a prayer service regarding the closing.