Alabama GOP’s New Plan to Shut Down Abortion Clinics: Treat Them Like Sex Offenders
An Alabama Republican has an inventive new plan to shut down one of the state’s few remaining abortion clinics: Treat the building like a registered sex offender.
Rep. Ed Henry filed a bill on Tuesday that would allow the Alabama Department of Public Health to deny health center licenses to abortion clinics that are located within 2,000 feet of a public school, a move that specifically targets the reproductive health center in Huntsville, Ala. Representatives from the antiabortion group that crafted the legislation admit that it is based on the rules that apply to convicted sex offenders. According to al.com, the bill was crafted in response to a lawsuit that attempted — and failed — to shut down the Alabama Women’s Center last year.
James Henderson, the former leader of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, said his anti-abortion group drafted the legislation that Henry introduced with the purpose of shutting down the Huntsville clinic.
“What prompted the action is the abortion clinic in downtown Huntsville that was forced to close and then relocated across from a public school,” he said.