A broad coalition of pro-life organizations, including Secular Pro-Life,
are calling on the Alabama Department of Public Health to take swift action against the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic.
Under Alabama law, facilities that perform more than nine abortions a month must be licensed by the state. Pro-life groups have uncovered evidence that Central Alabama Women’s Clinic exceeds that threshold, but it has failed to obtain a license. Instead, it is running its surgical abortion business under the lesser regulatory standards applicable to ordinary doctor’s offices.
From the press release:
[Life Legal Defense Foundation] Senior Staff Counsel Allison Aranda reports that her organization actually provided overwhelming evidence of this facility’s illegal practices to the ADPH months ago, on behalf of concerned Alabama citizens. LLDF has also recently provided the same evidence to the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. However, the only reaction after months of probing the ADPH is a resounding, “No comment.”
Aranda states, “We have given the ADPH ample time to confirm our evidence and shut down another illegal abortion clinic. Yet, eight months have passed and it is still unclear if the ADPH has even begun an investigation into this facility’s unlawful activities.”
Rev. Terry Gensemer, Director of CEC For
Life and Alabama citizen comments, “Agencies like the ADPH are put in
place to ensure the highest standard of safety for every patient.
Months of inaction on a case like this imply targeted apathy towards the
lives of Alabama women, while also bringing into question the
intentions of the Department of Public Health – is this women’s clinic,
whose main clientele is low-income minorities, somehow exempt from state
laws and regulations?”
Catherine Davis of the National Black
Pro-Life Coalition adds, “Alabama has joined a number of states in
turning a blind eye to violations of the law by abortionists. Women –
mostly Black and mostly poor – are being subjected to substandard
medical care that has left them physically and psychologically injured,
and sometimes dead. We demand justice for the babies that are being
ripped apart, illegally, every day. We demand justice for the women that
have suffered botched abortions in this center.”
And thus, it’s time for public pressure. There will be a press conference today at 10:30 a.m. outside the abortion facility, at 1013 Medical Center Pkwy.* Although Secular Pro-Life cannot be present at the press conference, we strongly support the call to investigate the likely illegal abortion center in Selma.
Regardless of where you live, you can assist this effort by contacting Alabama officials about your concern. Please be polite, but firm, in demanding that the ADPH do its job. Here is contact information for key decision-makers:
Luther Strange, State Attorney General
Ms. Sandy McLure (Scheduler and Executive Assistant)
Office Main Number: 334-242-7300
Brian Hale, Deputy General Counsel, Alabama Department of Public Health
Kathy Burkett, Investigative Specialist, Alabama Board of Medical Examiners
PHONE: 334-242-4116 (Ask to be transferred to Kathy Burkett)
*For theist pro-lifers, there is an optional prayer vigil immediately after the press conference.