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Crestwood: pro-life protests 'misguided, unwarranted'

Protesters stood outside Crestwood Medical Center Saturday. Protesters stood outside Crestwood Medical Center Saturday.

Pro-life supporters took their concerns to the streets of Huntsville Saturday.

They held a prayer vigil and protest at Crestwood Medical Center. They want Crestwood to stop giving admitting privileges to doctors who perform abortions.

"Ultimately, our goal is to protect the lives of the unborn babies who are being destroyed legally by our federal government," said protester John Phillip.

Pro-choice supporters held a counter-protest across the street. They said these doctors have done nothing wrong and Crestwood has no legal reason to fire them.

"Abortions have been going on for thousands of years. If abortions are no longer safe and legal, it means they will be illegal and unsafe and women will die," said pro-choice supporter Pamela Watters.

Crestwood Medical Center issued a statement about Saturday's protest. It reads:

Crestwood Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with a robust Maternity Center.  We have made significant investments in creating a family-centered environment for mothers in labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum and are the only hospital in Madison County with these amenities. We respect the rights of the individuals demonstrating but we strongly believe their efforts are misplaced.

The issue being debated is not about hospital services; it is about clinic-based services and legislative matters. The attack on community hospitals by certain activists is completely misguided, particularly as the law they are citing as their banner issue has been under a court-ordered stay for more than six months.

While we appreciate that the people involved have maintained a civil dialogue today, we remain hopeful they will rethink their strategies and stop their unwarranted assault on community hospitals like Crestwood.

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