Politics & Government
8:30 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Judge Orders Clinic to Stop Performing Abortions

A judge has ordered a Birmingham clinic to stop performing abortions because the facility isn't licensed to provide them.

   Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boohaker said Thursday that the clinic - New Woman, All Women Health Care - is considered a hospital under state law but doesn't have a current state health board license.

   Health officials cited the clinic for dozens of violations last year and the operators agreed to close. But a doctor was still performing abortions at the site.

   Former New Woman clinic operator Diane Derzis has said a doctor had been performing abortions in the facility and was paying her rent. Derzis has said she has not further affiliation with the clinic beyond collecting rent.