Two of Alabama’s Largest Abortion Sites May be Forced to Close / Alabama Abortion Dismemberment Ban Act Passed & Signed

2 of Alabama’s 3 Largest Abortion Sites May be Forced to Close Protests at Huntsville abortion site 5.5.16 Rev. James Henderson speaks to reporters outside the Alabama Women’s Center, LLC in Huntsville while being videoed by one of the abortion business’ escorts. Two of Alabama’s three largest abortion facilities may be forced to close because of a bill passed Wednesday by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley. Abortion sites in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa are located within 2,000 feet of public schools grades K-8, which will break the law if Bentley signs Senate bill 205 into law. The two businesses performed 5,927 abortions in 2014 (the most recent statistics available), according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Those clinics performed 72 percent of the 8,080 abortions in the state in 2014. The Huntsville site is across the street from Academy for Academics and Arts, a K-8 school, on Sparkman Drive and the Tuscaloosa site is located near Tuscaloosa Magnet elementary (grades 1-5) and middle schools (grades 6-8) on McFarland Boulevard. The ACLU on Thursday reiterated its stance that it will take legal action if the bill is signed into law as well as another abortion-related bill. “With precious little time remaining in the legislative session, and in the face of so many issues facing the state, Alabama’s elected officials today chose to focus on attacking women’s healthcare,” said Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. “We know that restrictions like these only endanger the health and safety of Alabama women.” In Huntsville on Thursday, Rev. James...