A Huntsville, Alabama, abortion business that has failed to meet new licensing regulations, will shut down today. Meanwhile, efforts to move the facility to a location near a middle school have been placed on hold.
The Alabama Women’s Center submitted plans to the Alabama Department of Public Health for a new facility that was to have been located near Ed White Middle School in the heart of a predominately African-American community. There was vocal opposition to the move.
“Abortion is a scourge,” said Catherine Davis, a member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, at a recent press conference held by national and community leaders opposed to the abortion facility. “And I, for one, am tired of them targeting the black community for destruction. They have indeed targeted us. They have indeed targeted us for abortion. You look around and you see they are going to every black media outlet that will help them and talking about reaching into the black community for reproductive abortion care.”
However, the move now has been put in limbo indefinitely. The ADPH responded to the plans with questions that have yet to be addressed by the abortion business. A move will not be possible without the approval of the ADPH, which does not appear to be forthcoming at this time.
“This abortion facility may never open because Alabama’s laws mandate that abortionists must meet minimum safety standards in their practices and facilities. Most abortion businesses cut so many corners on the abortion process that they are operating well below those minimum safety standards, which never should have been allowed in the first place,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It is only right that the Alabama Women’s Center be permanently closed for the public welfare. A new building simply won’t rectify decades of shoddy medical practices.”
Alabama Women’s Center employs abortionist Raymond Lopez, who was incarcerated at the Madison County Jail for 23 consecutive weekends between November 2013, and April 2014, serving time on a “domestic relations” case. In Alabama, “domestic relations” violations can range from non-payment of alimony to violation of a protection order, raising questions about Lopez’ fitness to practice medicine on women and his willingness to obey abortion laws.
The closure of the Alabama Women’s Center will leave just three remaining abortion facilities in Alabama.
Earlier this year, the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Birmingham closed under suspicious circumstances. Last year New Woman All Women, an abortion facility operated by Diane Derzis and her notorious partner, abortionist Bruce Norman, was ordered by a judge to close after Operation Rescue, CEC for Life, and Life Legal Defense Foundation documented and reported that it was operating illegally.
With the closure of the Huntsville facility, Operation Rescue has documented the closure of a total of 24 abortion facilities nationwide so far this year, continuing a trend that has seen over 74% of all abortion clinics in the nation permanently close since 1991.