An Alabama health inspector has advised state health officials
to keep a closed Birmingham abortion clinic closed. But one
pro-lifer tells OneNewsNow it is still a mystery whether the
facility has actually stopped providing services.
The New Woman All Women Health clinic, owned by Diane Derzis,
was shut down by the state after several abortion patients were
sent to hospitals on the same day. A subsequent inspection resulted
in 76 pages of violations. Dana Cody of the Life Legal Defense
Foundation (LLDF) tells OneNewsNow Derzis has tried to
reopen under the name of a friend, Kelley Rain-Water.
"The consent order that
Derzis signed clearly stated that the license couldn't be issued to
anyone that was associated with her," Cody reports.
Although Rain-Water plans to renegotiate the terms of the lease
to reopen the clinic, Cody expects the health department to uphold
its initial decision. However, as OneNewsNow reported last week there is reason to suspect the
clinic is not complying with the state's orders.
"They're still advertising that they provide abortions … it's on
their website and their voicemail," she details. "So we just sent a
letter to the Alabama attorney general, asking them to investigate,
because it's obviously false advertising."
The LLDF spokesperson adds that pro-lifers are keeping a close
watch on the clinic, and any violation of the state order will be
Derzis owns three other abortion clinics, including the sole
abortuary in Mississippi, which has faced multiple closure attempts
by the state.
In Alabama, Brian Hale, deputy general counsel, says the
upcoming opinion of a hearing officer is not the final word, but it
is a recommendation to the state health officer. A final ruling
will be issued this month.