The State of Alabama Department of Public Health recently gave into the bullying by the anti-choicers. They denied a very qualified applicant’s application to obtain a license to operate the New Women All Women clinic in Birmingham Alabama. This applicant was denied based on the lease application between she and Diane Derzis. She has recently submitted a new application for consideration by the ADPH. She and Miss Derzis have re-written the lease and addressed the concerns voiced by the ADPH. Since the closing of this clinic many women have had a difficult time obtaining abortion services. There is only one clinic operating in Birmingham now and all the other clinics in the surrounding area are 2 hours or more from Birmingham.
I am deeply alarmed by the fact that the clinic has been closed for such a long period of time and that a qualified applicant was denied a license to operate the clinic.
I urge the department to recognize the extremists for who they are and that they have terrorized bullied women and staff at this facility in the past, and continue to do so despite the fact that the clinic has been closed
I, together with the women of the state of Alabama, urge the Department to keep New Woman All Women open without any interruption in services while continuing to safeguard the health and practices of all medical providers in Alabama.
Thank you for your time.