Anti-choice activists descended on a meeting of the Huntsville zoning adjustment board this Tuesday to demand they block the Alabama Women’s Wellness Center (AWWC) from relocating to Sparkman Drive. The new location complies with the state’s new Targeted Regulation against Abortion Providers (TRAP) law.
Mirroring the constant defamation and slander we’ve observed from right wing activists before, opponents of reproductive freedom complained that the location was too close to a school, that providers were “targeting” minority women, and that the plain language of the city’s zoning ordinance for medical clinics somehow did not include abortion providers.
James Henderson, president of the Alabama Christian Coalition, had to be warned several times to stay on topic while he spoke. Claiming that his group’s disruptive protests were a good enough reason to block the relocation, Henderson did not admit his real worry: that the new building’s layout will prevent them from being able to confront patients arriving here the way they did at the previous one.
By a 3-2 vote, the zoning board decided that they lacked the power to disinclude reproductive healthcare clinics from the English language definition of a ‘medical facility.’ Reproductive rights advocates cheered the decision, which they say will ensure the health of women in the Huntsville area.
Henderson says his group will appeal.
Video from WAFF-48