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State senator lends support to pro-life group amid new protests

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A Huntsville pro-life group protested outside Crestwood Medical Center on Monday. A Huntsville pro-life group protested outside Crestwood Medical Center on Monday.

Cutting off the abortion life line, that's what a Huntsville pro-life group wants to do after they say Crestwood Hospital approved admitting privileges for a doctor.

On Monday, a pro-life group called out Crestwood Hospital for the decision and gave them a month to rethink it before they'll protest outside the medical campus. And a state senator is throwing his support behind the planned protests.

"There's other places that I could be but this is the most important place I could be today," said State Senator Shadrack McGill.

The legislator is for a pro-life group that spent Monday questioning a Crestwood Hospital decision to give a doctor admitting privileges. The group said that doctor is now able to perform abortions in the area.

"I cannot foresee how anyone in their right mind can justify killing an innocent child in the womb of the mother," said McGill. "How can you not regard that life inside that mother as a life?"

McGill acknowledged some would criticize his decision to stand behind the group but declined to answer any questions.

On Monday, the pro-life group said it hand delivered a letter with concerns to the hospital's CEO.

"We believe the time has come to cut that lifeline off once and for all that sustains abortion in Huntsville," said leader Rev. James R. Henderson.

The group said it's giving the hospital until October 19th to think about the decision in approving admitting privileges to the doctor. If nothing changes, the group said it will protest in front of the campus for as long as it takes.

"We hope they'll come to the right conclusion," said Henderson.

Crestwood Hospital released the following statement: "The hospital does not control what independent physicians, licensed by the state of Alabama, do or do not do in their private practice. We are deeply concerned with the gross mischaracterization of the services that are rendered at Crestwood Medical Center.

As we have said previously when confronted with similar misstatements, we would like to reaffirm that abortions are not performed at Crestwood Medical Center. Further, there is no formal nor informal connection between the Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives and Crestwood Medical Center.

Should such inaccurate and inappropriate references to Crestwood Medical Center continue, we will take the necessary legal actions available to us to protect the good name and reputation of the facility, its medical staff and its employees." – Lori Light, Crestwood Medical Center

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