The owner of Mississippi’s last abortion facility, Diane Derzis, said Planned Parenthood is the “Wal-Mart” of abortion clinics and should absolutely be de-funded. In an interview with Fox News radio host Alan Colmes, she said that the abortion giant makes “tons of money” and raised nearly $500 million dollars from their recent organ harvesting scandal.
Currently, Derzis operates the Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO) and previously ran abortion facilities in Alabama and Georgia. Unfortunately, Derzis interviewer was pro-abortion and brought up concerns about laws requiring abortion facilities to meet higher safety standards. For example, Colmes brought up the fallacy that thousands of women underwent dangerous back alley abortions before the procedure became legal in1973.
Although it is surprising that Derzis does not support Planned Parenthood, she’s definitely not pro-life and has been running unsafe abortion clinics for years.
As LifeNews previously reported, Elliot was also responsible for sending three abortion patients to the hospital on the same day in January 2012 that resulted in complaints to the Alabama Department of Public Health by pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, CEC for Life, and Life Legal Defense Foundation. Those complaints prompted an inspection of Derzis and Norman’s abortion facility where 76 pages of serious violations were discovered.
Additionally, Operation Rescue has documented a long history of incompetent abortionists and abortion-related injuries at JWHO, including one last August. Norman and other abortionists hired by Derzis do not live in Mississippi and have to travel to the state to perform abortions. Experts have testified that this practice leaves women to fend for themselves when complications arise and can delay emergency care in the event of a life-threatening complication.
In 2012, Derzis filed suit to block the new Mississippi law requiring abortionists to obtain hospital-admitting privileges, which would better protect women from abortionists like Norman. She received an injunction that extended the deadline for compliance while she sought hospital privileges for her three out-of-state abortionists. That deadline passed on January 11, 2012, without JWHO’s abortionists obtaining hospital privileges.
Then, in January, state inspectors visited JWCO and found that abortion facility was not obeying state law. Derzis received a letter on January 25th from the Health Department notifying her that the state planned to revoke its operating license. The Jackson area has seven hospitals where JWHO’s three out-of-state abortionists could seek privileges. Those abortionists are Willie Parker of Washington, D.C., Bruce Elliot Norman of South Carolina, and Gary Burks Broadnax of Georgia.
Listen to the interview in the video with Derzis below.