The health department numbers don’t indicate how many out of state abortions occurred at each of Alabama’s five legally operating abortion facilities, but nearly 40% of all abortions in Alabama occurred at the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa. The West Alabama Women’s Center’s lone abortionist, Louis Payne, committed an astounding 3,503 abortions in 2012.
When the troubled Jackson, Mississippi abortion center closes, it will be easier for the West Alabama Women’s Center to target women throughout Mississippi, not just women in eastern Mississippi who live closer to Tuscaloosa than Jackson.
The health department’s abortion statistics also reveal that New Woman All Women, the Birmingham abortion center infamous for its 76-page deficiency report and refusal to follow the health department’s orders to close, performed 470 abortions in 2012.
Last month, following a judge’s order that New Woman All Women permanently stop performing abortions without a license, an attorney for abortionist Bruce Norman announced that he would file a motion to keep the facility open. Norman’s attorney Scott Morro said that this would “clear up some of the fuzzy math” surrounding the number of abortions New Woman All Women was committing.
A doctor in Alabama can legally perform fewer than 30 abortions per month without an abortion provider license. If Norman was committing all of the abortions at New Woman All Women regularly and steadily, it was at a rate of 39 a month. He previously testified that he performed 14 or fewer abortions on one day at the clinic “every other week.”
As 2013—a year of sweeping pro-life victories—continues, pro-lifers should pray for the closure of the West Alabama Women’s Center, Alabama’s busiest abortion facility. They should also pray that New Woman All Women remains closed, especially in light of its concerning 2012 abortion numbers.