Monday hearing may decide fate of controversial clinic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A decision could finally be made regarding the legality of a controversial Southside women’s clinic during a court hearing on Monday August 5th.

The clinic is no stranger to conflict going back to 1998 when it was the target of a bomb planted by terrorist Eric Robert Rudolph.

That explosion killed an off duty Birmingham Police officer, Robert Sanderson, who was working as a security guard. It also critically injured nurse, Emily Lyons, who survived.

Rudolph pleaded guilty to that bombing and the 1996 Olympic Park bombing.

In 2007 pro-life and pro-choice groups squared off across 17th street south when Anti-abortion group Operation Save America planned a protest outside the New Woman All Women Clinic in an effort to have the facility shut down.

Fast forward to 2012 the embattled clinic was under fire from the Alabama Department of Public Health as well as the Life Legal Defense Foundation, LLDF.

The ADPH said an investigation revealed “significant failures in maintaining compliance with the Rules of the Alabama State Board of Health for the safe and effective provision of care.”

According to the state health department – a license revocation hearing was scheduled then avoided by a settlement in which the clinic’s operator agreed to relinquish the license on or before May 18, 2012.

Since that time the State Board of Health reportedly denied two applications for license to operate an abortion/reproductive health center at the 1001 17th St. S. Facility.

The ADPH launched another investigation in February of 2013 and later made an announcement that contained the following: “From its investigation, ADPH determined that All Women’s, Inc., doing business as New Woman All Women Health Care, continues to hold itself out to the public as an abortion provider” at its 17th Street South address in Birmingham. The ADPH statement says that “is in violation of state law, the administrative rules of the State Board of Health, and a consent agreement” between ADPH and Diane Derzis.

According to court records a hearing is scheduled for Monday, August 5th at 9am in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Attempts to reach attorneys representing the clinic on Sunday were unsuccessful.

Related links:

http://www.adph.org/news/assets/130326.pdf

http://www.adph.org/news/assets/130319.pdf

http://www.adph.org/news/assets/120406.pdf

http://adph.org/generalcounsel/assets/AllWomen_Complaint.pdf

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