North Ala. clinic that provides abortions to close

AP News
Posted: Jun 24, 2014 5:52 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The only abortion clinic in northern Alabama is expected to close within a week, the clinic's administrators said Tuesday.

Officials at the Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives said they would rather close voluntarily than be subject to a state intervention. The clinic faced a July 1 deadline to bring its facility up to code as a surgical treatment center.

Alabama Women's Center administrators submitted blueprints for a new location to the state Department of Public Health, but the department's Deputy General Counsel Brian Hale told local media outlets the blueprints haven't been approved yet. State officials are waiting to hear from the clinic's architect about plans for the facility's interior, Hale said.

"Voluntarily relinquishing the license is a way to avoid the adverse licensure action," Hale told Clinics providing abortions have also been ordered to employ doctors who have admitting privileges at local medical facilities.

A clinic providing abortions in Montgomery has complied with new requirements and facilities in Mobile and Tuscaloosa have minor matters to address but are expected to make the July 1 deadline, Hale said. He added that the status of a clinic in Birmingham is uncertain because it has been closed since January but still has a license.

Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives administrator Dalton Johnson said administrators will try reopening the clinic at the new facility after receiving clearance from the state.

Members of the Christian Coalition of Alabama plan to hold a demonstration outside the clinic Monday afternoon.