Birmingham abortion clinic operating illegally in defiance of state ordered closure

“This abortion clinic appears to be operating illegally with the full knowledge of the ADPH,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
Mon Mar 18, 2013 - 2:25 pm EST

Birmingham, AL, March 18, 2013 ( — An Alabama abortion clinic is advertizing for and conducting abortions in violation of Alabama law that requires any facility advertizing as an abortion clinic to be licensed by the state, according to a coalition of pro-life organizations.

In addition, the abortion clinic, New Women All Women (NWAW), is apparently operating in violation of a closure order issued in April, 2012, by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) due to massive health and safety violations. [VIDEO]

“This abortion clinic appears to be operating illegally with the full knowledge of the ADPH,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It is intolerable that they would allow this criminal abortion business to endanger women by operating in brazen defiance of the law.”


The coalition of groups that discovered the violations and is pushing for the clinic to be shut down includes Operation Rescue, CEC for Life, Life Legal Defense Foundation, and Priests for Life.

Rev. Terry Gensemer of CEC for Life said he and the other pro-life organizations, “would like to know exactly how the Department of Public Health justifies not only allowing a facility without any license to continue illegally advertising as an abortion provider, but also explain how that facility is now blatantly offering abortions to patients." 

"If NWAW is no longer a licensed abortion provider, then what is abortionist Bruce Norman doing here with a full parking lot on a Saturday morning?" he asked. "And why isn’t ADPH doing anything to stop it? These are questions we need answered, and we need them answered now.”

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Allison Aranda, an attorney with Life Legal Defense Foundation who is representing the pro-life groups, has formally notified the ADPH that the abortion clinic has resumed abortions without a license and provided evidence in support of that claim. According to the pro-life groups, so far the ADPH has ignored the information.

In a Consent Order last year, owner Diane Derzis and her associate Norman were ordered not to have any involvement in the Birmingham clinic. Two attempts by a close associate of Derzis’ to relicense the clinic failed. The most recent application for licensure was denied just last month. After that, Derzis reportedly reopened her abortion clinic in violation of the ADPH order.

On January 21, 2012, pro-life activists photographed two women being carried out of the clinic’s back door to ambulances waiting in a trash-strewn alley, and obtained the 911 recordings that indicated both women had been overdosed by clinic staff. The pro-life groups filed a complaint with the ADPH which conducted an inspection and discovered that a third woman was also hospitalized on that same day suffering from abortion complications and 76-pages of other violations.

“We demand that the ADPH to immediately close New Woman All Women and take whatever legal action is necessary to ensure that the owner Diane Derzis is never allowed to operate another abortion clinic again, even if that means bringing criminal charges and locking her in jail,” said Newman.

  abortion, operation rescue

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