Gentilly Abortion Facility's License Stripped!
Secretary Greenstein and DHH Force Closure of Facility Under Act 490
For Immediate Release
May 26, 2011
Contact: Benjamin Clapper, 504-835-6520, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Orleans, LA: The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has issued a notice of license revocation to the "Gentilly Medical Group for Women", an abortion facility near the corner of Gentilly Blvd and Elysian Fields Ave in New Orleans. The order requires the facility to immediately cease operations.
The revocation follows the passage of Act 490 in the 2010 Louisiana Legislative Session giving DHH the power to immediately close an abortion facility under certain circumstances.
On September 3rd, 2010, DHH utilized Act 490 for the first time to revoke the license of "Hope Medical Group for Women" in Shreveport. Unfortunately, a temporary restraining order was issued by a District Judge Michael Caldwell in Baton Rouge on September 14th, 2010, and "Hope" remains open upon appeal.
Prior to the passage of Act 490, DHH revoked the license of the Gentilly abortion facility in January of 2010 due to similar problems. However, the revocation has remained under appeal since that time.
Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, made the following statement:
"In an era where abortion unfortunately remains legal due to the Supreme Court's erroneous decisions, we must do all we can to protect the lives of women and unborn children from the travesty of abortion. The implementation of Act 490 is one important way to ensure that abortion facilities are in compliance with the many pro-life laws passed by the Louisiana legislature."
"We thank Secretary Greenstein and the DHH for their continued work to ensure that women are protected. We hope that this revocation will mean the end of the notorious Gentilly abortion facility. If a restraining order is sought by the Gentilly facility, we ask that no judge come between the responsibilities of our government and the health and safety of our citizens."
Read the Department of Health and Hospitals Press Release