“This is a preservation of care that folks in Birmingham have been counting on for generations,” said Barbara Ann Luttrell, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood. “We are committed to providing that care despite any of the legislative sessions.”
The downtown Birmingham clinic will offer “a full range of reproductive health care services, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, breast health services, Pap tests and abortion services,” Luttrell said.
The 10,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in the fall, around the time the state’s abortion law is due to take effect in November. The controversial measure, signed by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, includes an exception if the mother’s life is at “serious” risk but not in cases of rape and incest.
“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamian’s deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” Ivey said in a statement.