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Plans to move Huntsville abortion clinic on hold

Plans by the Alabama Women's Center to move from downtown Huntsville to North Huntsville are on hold. (Source: WAFF) Plans by the Alabama Women's Center to move from downtown Huntsville to North Huntsville are on hold. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Alabama state health officials confirmed that plans by the Alabama Women's Center to move from downtown Huntsville to North Huntsville are on hold.

The clinic is North Alabama's only abortion clinic. On Tuesday, Alabama Women's Center leaders informed the state they're shutting down on Friday after failing to meet requirements of the state's new abortion law.

An Alabama Public Health Department attorney said the Alabama Women's Center recently submitted paperwork to the state showing an intent to move to a building off Sparkman Drive.

The attorney said the Alabama Women's Center administrators sent their plans and specifications of the new facility, the state reviewed the specifications, and had several questions for the Alabama Women's Center staff after reviewing them. As of last week, the attorney said the center's staff and architect had not responded to the Alabama Department of Public Health's questions.

Reverend James Henderson, who's led protests in front of the current clinic, said his group will stay mobilized if a new clinic opens in Huntsville or if they have to go elsewhere.

"We have been called to stand for life. We'll move on down to Tuscaloosa or Birmingham," said Rev. Henderson. "We hear Planned Parenthood is trying to come back to Birmingham. We'll just continue the fight."

The Alabama Women's Center declined a request for an interview and only confirmed they're closing. The Alabama State Health Department will require the center to also file an application for a new license if they try to reopen in Huntsville. The state's attorney said he's not aware they've tried to start that process.

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