Pro-Life Women and Pro-Life Organizations Call for Immediate Closure of Dangerous Birmingham Abortion Clinic

Operation Rescue

Publication Date: April 12, 2012

Contact: Fr. Terry Gensemer (Director of CEC For Life), 205-253-0159,

Birmingham, AL — On Wednesday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. the national pro-life organization, CEC For Life, with the support of over 80 other local and national pro-life organizations and leaders, will hold a press conference and call upon the state of Alabama for the immediate closure of the New Woman All Women abortion clinic located at 1001 17th St. S in Birmingham. The press conference will be held just across the street from the clinic.

On Friday, April 6, 2012, following two months of investigation that rendered a 76-page deficiency report regarding the New Woman All Women abortion clinic, the Alabama Department of Public Health deemed it necessary to remove the abortion clinic’s license based on “significant failures in maintaining compliance with the Rules of the Alabama State Board of Health for the safe and effective provision of care.”

These significant failures included:

-non-licensed employees administering medications to patients
-false and inaccurate medical records
-failure to follow-up with patients experiencing deadly complications after abortion procedures, as well as failure to inform the doctor or hospital of these complications
-overdosing at least two known patients, and placing a third in ICU for excessive bleeding, due to inexperienced, untrained employees and lack of correct procedures and policies.

While the pro-life community applauds the Alabama Department of Public Health for requiring the clinic to surrender its license, it does not agree with the whole of the Department’s final consent order, specifically its decision to allow NWAW to remain in operation for another five weeks.

This decision to remain open is widely contingent upon NWAW’s promise to cease any and all violations of the Rules of the State Health Board. However, of the nine citations that brought about the surrender of NWAW’s license, four were repeat violations. If this clinic has obviously not complied with the health department in the past, why would they comply now, especially knowing the clinic will be shut down regardless?

It is also imperative to note that the state consent order not only calls for the revocation of the clinic’s license, but also bars two of the clinic’s abortionists from performing any procedures within this clinic again, and prohibits anyone attempting to take the clinic over from employing or even affiliating with the current owner, Diane Derzis.

If the state felt the public danger of this clinic warranted such restrictive action against the people operating it, why is it allowing those same people to remain in operation until May 11, 2012?

Furthermore, on January 21, 2012, the unlawful practices of NWAW abortion clinic resulted in the hospitalization of three women. If this clinic can injure three women in just one day, how many more women is the state of Alabama placing at risk by allowing this clinic to remain open another six weeks?

It is in light of these facts, that CEC For Life, along with the local and national pro-life community (see list below) demands the immediate closure of the NWAW abortion clinic.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, comments, “Our entire family of ministries at Priests for Life joins with CEC for Life and other national and local groups in calling for the immediate closure of the New Women All Women abortion mill in Birmingham. If they care about women, then all the reasons for closing this dangerous facility later are reasons for closing it today!”

National Assistant for CEC For Life Sarah Howell adds, “Every day this clinic remains open is a day that women could be injured or even killed within a facility that the Department of Public Health has already deemed a danger to the public. We will not settle for the state of Alabama continuing to place the lives of women in jeopardy until May 11, 2012. We request that the State use the full extent of its authority to protect the public now — not later — with the immediate closure of this unsafe clinic.”

The following is a list of local and national organizations and leaders calling for the immediate closure of the New Woman All Women abortion clinic:

Local Organizations and Leaders:

1. Alabama Citizens for Life
2. Alabama Coalition for Life Education Fund
3. 40 Days for Life Birmingham
4. Birmingham Helpers of God’s Precious Infants
5. United for Life Foundation
6. Alabama Physicians for Life
7. Birmingham Prayer Furnace
8. Bound 4 Life Birmingham
9. Jacquie Stalnaker, Noted Pro-life Speaker
10. Jim Pinto, Noted Speaker and Pro-life Leader
11. Alabama Alliance Against Abortion
12. Jennifer Dardy Addington, MSN, FNP-BC, Pro-life Nurse
13. Dr. Patricia Gensemer, CECForLife
14. Sue Turner
15. Lee Bruno
16. Kim Philpot, Pro-life Nurse
17. Cheryl Ciamarra
18. Mary Ann Vann
19. Ed Carrick
20. Sarah Howell, CEC For Life
21. Gwyn Moore
22. Abortion Recovery Alabama
23. Mike and Rosie Holman
24. COPE Pregnancy Center, Montgomery AL–Lorie Mullins
25. Janice Nelson
26. Catholics United for Life – Huntsville Chapter
27. Huntsville Right to Life
28. Randy and Margaret Tolliver
29. Rodney and Melissa Cameron, Missionaries of the Gospel of Life Lay Associates
30. John M. Schneider
31. Anita Beckwith
32. Eileen Kennedy
33. Lee Lancaster
34. April Allen
35. Tim Burns
36. Helga Burns
37. Fayette County Right to Life
38. Eagle Forum of Alabama
39. Kay Sanford, CareNet
40. Fr. Guido Gonzalez, CEC For Life
41. Ellen O’Rear
42. Choose Life Alabama
43. Eve Ray, Baby Memorial Quilting Ministry
44. Fr. James Henderson, Speaker and Pro-life Leader for Alabama Alliance Against Abortion

National Organizations and Leaders:

1. Troy Newman, Operation Rescue
2. Star Parker
3. Archbishop Craig Bates, International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church
4. Alan Melanson, CECForLife, NY
5. Lila Rose, Live Action
6. Pro-life Nation
7. Sierra Bang, LPY4Life (Lifepath Youth For Life)
8. Center for Urban Renewal and Education (C.U.R.E.)
9. Jill Stanek
10. Fr. Terry Gensemer, Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life
11. Jo Tolck, Human Life Alliance
12. Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
13. Walter B. Hoye, Issues4Life Foundation
14. Liz and Scott Looker, Youth Leaders, Jacksonville, FL
15. National Pro-life Religious Council
16. Dr. Day Gardner, National Black Pro-Life Union
17. Dana Cody, Life Legal Defense Fund
18. Pat Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition
19. Ruth Yorston, Former Abortion Worker
20. Brian Gibson, Pro-life Action Ministries
21. Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust
22. Andy Moore, Abortion Wiki
23. Youth Defence Ireland
24. Precious Life, Northern Ireland
25. Royce Dunn, Please Let Me Live
26. Kevin and Dr. Theresa Burke, Rachael’s Vineyard
27. Marie Smith, Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues
28. Bryan Kemper, Stand True Ministries
29. Dr. Alveda C. King, African American Outreach, Priests for Life
30. Fr. Victor Salomón, Hispanic Outreach, Priests for Life
31. Fr. Walter Quinn, OSA, Priests for Life
32. Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Priests for Life
33. Fr. Scott Daniels, OP, Priests for Life
34. Janet Morena, Silent No More
35. Georgette Forney, Silent No More
36. Steven Ertelt, Editor of
37. John-Henry Westen, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of
38. Eric Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League
39. Concerned Women for America
40. 40 Days for Life

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