The proposed 10,000-square-foot facility is under construction in downtown Birmingham and is expected to be completed in November, right around the time the state’s abortion law goes into effect. The law restricts abortions unless the mother’s life is in danger. Lawmakers rejected exemptions for cases of rape and incest.
“We are a doctor that Birmingham has counted on for decades, and we are committed to continuing to provide that care,” Barbara Ann Luttrell, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based Planned Parenthood Southeast, told The Associated Press.
Construction on the facility began in January. Luttrell said there was “absolutely no slowdown due to the legislative session” or the new law. The proposed clinic will offer abortions, birth control, cancer testing and screening for sexually transmitted diseases, she said.
She added that her hope is that courts will invalidate the abortion law by the time the facility opens. Groups that include Planned Parenthood are challenging the law in court.
Critics have vowed to oppose the clinic and will try to convince the Alabama Department of Public Health to deny it a license. They have also tried convincing construction firms to refuse work on the project.
“It was surprising when we found out that they were going to build this,” said Rev. Terry Gensemer of Metro Birmingham Life Forum. “My question is after the bill passage, why are they continuing to be so aggressive when the possibility exists that they won’t be able to be in business?”
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Louis Casiano and originally published at Fox News. Title changed by P&P.]
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