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ROCKFORD, Illinois, November 1, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A notoriously anti-Christian and bizarre Rockford abortion facility will attempt to regain its suspended license to perform abortions after an investigation this summer discovered the location’s filthy surgical conditions.

Thomas Brejcha of the Thomas More Society told LifeSiteNews.com Monday that the Northern Illinois Women’s Clinic hoped to reach a settlement with state officials who had suspended its license in late September. Brejcha was part of a conference call that took place between an administrative law judge, an attorney with the state Department of Public Health, and attorney for the clinic.

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The state prosecutor expressed interest in pursuing a possible settlement, according to Brejcha, meaning the clinic could regain its license as early as Nov. 14, the date of the next scheduled teleconference.

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Brejcha feared that the clinic’s efforts to regain licensure so quickly brushes over the egregious findings of the August investigation, where officials found not only brown stains on surgical equipment, but evidence that even sterilized equipment had been cleaned with a broken machine that was never satisfactorily repaired.

“That’s an extremely serious matter, because these are instruments used by way of insertion during a surgical proceeding,” said Brejcha, who said the findings of the report “very possibly” could lead to the clinic’s permanent closure. “That offends the most basic norms of professional medical practice.”

Kevin Rilott, a veteran pro-life witness outside the abortion facility, said that while the clinic may obtain its license again soon, he was grateful for even a brief cessation in the bloodshed there.

“We thank God for this time of peace in the womb where dozens and dozens of children have been saved from abortion in Rockford,” wrote Rilott on his blog Monday.

In addition to its health violations, the facility is known for routinely displaying anti-Christian symbols, such as a nun in a coffin and a crucified rubber chicken, in its windows.

LSN writer Christine Dhanagom contributed to this report.

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