Birmingham, AL – Efforts to license and reopen the New Woman All Women abortion clinic in Birmingham, AL, which was closed for numerous health and safety violations last year after pro-life groups reported it to the authorities, have been denied for the second time.
Allison Aranda of Life Legal Defense Foundation, informed Operation Rescue, the CEC for Life, and other pro-life groups this week that an application for clinic licensure submitted by Kelly Rain Water was denied by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) after Rain Water missed a January deadline for submission of additional documents.
The abortion clinic was forced to close after pro-life activists documented two abortion patients being hand-carried by emergency workers down broken back steps to gurneys waiting in a trash-strewn alley on January 21, 2012, and filed complaints with the ADPH. An inspection by health authorities uncovered 76 pages of violations and an additional woman that was also hospitalized the same day as the others.
Operation Rescue worked with the CEC for Life and a coalition of other pro-life groups to insure the clinic was closed and stayed that way.
Rain Water, is a close friend of clinic owner Diane Derzis, who also owns the Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion clinic in Mississippi. Derzis entered an agreement with the ADPH not to have any more involvement in the Birmingham clinic should another party apply for licensure. However, a first attempt by Rain Water to relicense the clinic last year failed after it was discovered that Derzis would receive all the profits and direct the financial plan for the new abortion business in violation of the agreement.
“We are thankful that this clinic remains closed and we will continue to work with the CEC for Life and Life Legal Defense to monitor this situation and make sure this clinic says closed,” said Newman.