Abortion Clinic Owner Committed Despite Pressure

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Diane Derzis says she's not bothered by protesters who call her "baby killer" or pray outside the abortion clinics she owns in the South.

The 59-year-old Alabama resident says she has her own calling from God - to provide safe places for women to end their pregnancies.

She has been an abortion advocate for decades and owned clinics since 1996, but Derzis is facing some of the biggest political and legal pressure she has ever seen.

In August, a judge shuttered a clinic in a building Derzis owns in Birmingham, Ala., after claims of health violations. She is challenging a 2012 Mississippi law that threatens to close her clinic there - the last remaining clinic in the state. The law is similar to one Texas enacted this year.

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