TRAP law closes North Alabama’s only remaining abortion provider

North Alabama’s only abortion clinic will be voluntarily closing its doors Friday, in anticipation of the state shutting them down in a week.

In accordance with Alabama’s new and, as ever, ironically named Women’s Health and Safety Act, HB 57, Alabama Women’s Clinic obtained hospital admitting privileges for its physicians and instituted a 48-hour waiting period between a mandatory ultrasound and misleading information and the procedure itself. Their final hurdle, however, would have been to update their building to meet code standards for an ambulatory surgical center, including extra-wide doorways and an overhead sprinkler system, which they wouldn’t be able to complete by the July 1 deadline.

Alabama Women’s Clinic has submitted blueprints for a new location, but they have yet to be approved by the state Department of Public Health. When the clinic surrenders its license on Monday, they will have to reapply when the new facility becomes available.

This closure leaves Alabama with only three abortion providers. Birmingham’s only abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, closed temporarily in January of this year and has yet to reopen. And Mississippi’s sole remaining abortion clinic is fighting to stay open in the face of a new law similar to the one that shut down Alabama Women’s Clinic. Facilities remain open in Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and Mobile, but the Huntsville clinic closing means that women in north Alabama will have to travel more than 100 miles to the nearest provider in Nashville to receive abortion care. Alabama Women’s Center also provided Pap smears, pregnancy tests, birth control, STD testing, and ultrasounds, but those services will no longer be available in the interest of women’s health and safety.

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8 comments for “TRAP law closes North Alabama’s only remaining abortion provider

  1. Brett
    June 26, 2014 at 1:14 am

    It’s depressing. There’s a whole stretch of the South that’s going to have limited abortion access to anyone who doesn’t live in a major city, and even then they’re going to be swamped to the point of waiting lists for weeks.

    I hope some of the clinics stay open for abortion referral and miscarriage management, even if they can no longer perform abortions themselves. People are going to need both, especially since the restrictions will likely lead to more women attempting self-abortions with medication they got online or from alternative sources in person (just like much of Latin America and especially Brazil).

  2. stella
    June 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I’m reminded of a provision of the voting rights act that put additional requirements/supervision of new voting laws in places that have a history of voter discrimination. Wouldn’t it be lovely if there was a similar law in place that applied to places known for fake “safety regulations” that are really just attempts to illegally ban abortion?

  3. Kerandria
    June 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I, for one, am glad. I mean, I just feel so safe now, doncha know?

    (That was sarcasm. I live in a pro-forced birth state. Fucking shitheels.)

  4. TimmyTwinkles
    June 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Well, while the SJ crowd was tackling unbelievably important issues like ableism and cultural appropriation, the Evangelicals were getting shit done. Now one of the most important rights that feminists fought for and won is being dismantled. Now that’s problematic.

    • Li
      June 27, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      I was going to tackle you on this, but it’s a derail and I’m super exhausted, so instead I’m just going to say: We need a giraffe here.

      [Thank you for sending a giraffe alert ~ mods]

      • TimmyTwinkles
        June 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm

        the head of a giraffe against a bright blue sky: its mouth is pursed sideways

        ::: Look at you, caring about something I don’t care about! Behold as I take potshots at your unworthy cause and then flounce away! There’s the potshot, and here comes the flounce! :::


  5. June 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    instead of closing down all the abortion facilities atleast they would have implied new laws or safety regulations to those abortion clinics, recheck the qualifications of the doctors with World Health Organization, re-register all the clinics that perform abortions hence recognising the back door illegal. for instance if a girl tried to possess an prohibited abortion and winds up in an exceedingly essential state or mrs jones is experiencing a miscarriage, would not the legal abortion clinic be the primary place she thinks of?
    These square measure extremely simply makes an attempt to illicitly ban abortion therefore leading several to try prohibited self-abortions reception with medication bought on-line or from various sources face to face.

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