INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A non-profit group denied state permission to open an abortion clinic in South Bend was reapplied for a Thursday instead to challenge the court's decision.
The Texas-based Whole Woman's Health Alliance has applied for a new license on Thursday, avoiding a long legal battle, the South Bend Tribune announced. .
An administrative committee of the Indiana Health Department, which voted 2-1 in November, rejected the association's request to open an abortion clinic, saying the information needed not disclosed in its initial application in October 2017.
After weighing the pros and cons of a court battle, Whole Woman's Health Alliance decided to follow the Ministry of Health's recommendation to apply for a new license, said Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO and founder of the association. non-profit.
She said her group was very dependent on donations and wanted to avoid an expensive legal battle.
"Most people say that when you go to court, it's a few years back and forth. … I can not financially support a process that will take years, "she said. "And while it seems a little strange, because we would not change any information for the first time, the department has repeatedly asked us to fill out a new application. So we decided it was the best course of action. "
The non-profit clinic would offer drug-induced abortions to pregnant women under 10 weeks of age. The building has already been equipped and furnished.
The new application contains additional information that could be useful, said Hagstrom Miller. It includes more information on the Association's existing pair of clinics in Virginia and Texas, including reports of inspections done after the first application.
"We chose to write a fairly complete cover letter and offer information that is not requested in the application," said Hagstrom Miller. "Because we have learned in the past year what information they want but have not asked for."
The abortion rate in Indiana has dropped in recent years due to the closure of abortion centers. The proposed South Bend clinic would be the first to open in a decade, advocates said.
The Ministry of Health rejected the non-profit association's original license application a year ago. She stated that she did not meet the requirements of "dignified and responsible character" and that she did not disclose the necessary information on her application.
In September, Indianapolis Administrative Law Judge Clare Deitchman disagreed. Deitchman stated that the agency had not demonstrated that the application was "incomplete or inaccurate" and had issued an order stating that a license should be granted. The health department then appealed to the three-member administrative committee.