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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:00 am

Provider to fight for abortion site

Associated Press

SOUTH BEND – A Texas-based nonprofit that was denied an Indiana license to open a nonsurgical abortion clinic in South Bend said Wednesday it would appeal the decision and disputed the state health commissioner's claims that it failed to provide requested information to support its application.

Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman's Health Alliance, said the Indiana State Department of Health's “denial of our application is very unfortunate, and we are disappointed by what seems to be a misunderstanding on their part.”

“We have complied with every single request from the ISDH and have worked directly with them to ensure that we would soon be able to provide quality care to the women and families of South Bend,” she said.

Indiana Health Commissioner Kristina Box, in a letter dated Jan. 3, said her agency asked the nonprofit to list all the abortion and health facilities it operates, but it “failed to disclose, concealed, or omitted information.” The letter did not provide specifics.

The license was denied because the nonprofit “failed to meet the requirement that the applicant is of reputable and responsible character and the supporting documentation provided inaccurate statements or information,” Box wrote.

Box's letter said the nonprofit had until Jan. 23 to appeal the decision.

Whole Women's Health has clinics in eight cities, but the South Bend clinic would be its first in Indiana.

Indiana legislators in recent years have passed laws making it harder for clinics to perform abortions. A longtime clinic in South Bend closed after the state revoked Dr. Ulrich Klopfer's license in 2015. Another clinic in Gary closed that same year.