Another Setback For Abortion Clinics

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A Birmingham woman has received another setback in her attempt to reopen Alabama's oldest licensed abortion clinic.

A state hearing officer has ruled against Kelley Rain-Water in her appeal of the state health department's denial of her application to reopen the New Woman All Women Health Care in Birmingham.

The health department forced the clinic to close in May, but said the old operator, Diane Derzis, could lease it to a new operator that ran it independently of her. The department denied Rain-Water's application based on her lease requiring all the profit go to Derzis' company.

She appealed to a hearing officer, who agreed with the health department that the association was too close. Rain-Water said Wednesday she plans to get a different lease and reapply.

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