The U.S. Supreme Court soon will be hearing arguments in an abortion dispute out of Mississippi over a law limiting abortion after 15 weeks.
The dispute is being watched closely, and commented on constantly, because it is viewed as a legal challenge through which the court could overturn Roe v. Wade and hand abortion regulation back to the 50 states.
It is Diane Derzis who is the owner of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last remaining abortion business in Mississippi, who is challenging the state limit.
Operation Rescue, a pro-life organization that once bought a building that had contained an abortion business so that it could not reopen, said “mainstream” media activists have portrayed her, and her staff, as “brave people” working to preserve women’s rights.
“But are they? Hardly,” the report explained. “In the past, Derzis has been known as the ‘Abortion Queen’ for her efforts in Alabama to lobby the legislature for unregulated abortions. But she is also known for something else. Derzis presided over a Birmingham abortion facility that crossed the line of legality in 2012 and paid for it with the court-ordered closure of her now-defunct New Woman All Women (NWAW) abortion facility.”
The Operation Rescue research revealed that the crisis was precipitated when pro-life activists “filmed two ambulances pulling up to NWAW’s back door. The ambulances parked in the trash-strewn back alley and prepared their gurneys to receive patients. But the cramped stairs with a broken safety rail could not accommodate the gurneys, so the EMT’s carried the two women by hand down the tricky steps into the back alley where the ambulances waited.”
The report said “Derzis’ old sidekick Bruce Elliot Norman, who led no hospital privileges in Birmingham,” was involved then.
A 911 recording obtained by Operation Rescue revealed the voice of Diane Derzis informing a dispatcher that the two abortion patients had been overdosed by a clinic staff member on Vasopressin, which is used to treat low blood pressure that results from heavy blood loss,” the report explained.
A subsequent complaint to the state Department of Public Health then resulted in “a shocking 76 pages of serious violations” at the business, the report said.
One of the issues cited was the business’ refusal to help a woman being coerced into an abortion.
There also was revealed a high rate of hospitalizations for women with abortion complications.
The business eventually was determined to be a danger to the public and closed.
Derzis’ promise not to open another clinic turned out to be a “lie,” Operation Rescue said, since an associate submitted the application but specified Derzis would get “all profits,” a move that was rejected.
Shortly after, a “doctor’s office” was opened that didn’t need the same facility license, and it was the target of a lawsuit. That building eventually was demolished, and Derzis retreated to Jackson, Mississippi, where the Jackson Women’s Health Center was, the report said.
Then a fight erupted over a state requirement for abortionists to obtain admitting privileges at hospitals and Derzis won that case “with a bizarre ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that claimed that Mississippi had no right to put forth legislation that would result in the closure of the last abortion facility in the state because it would force women to cross state lines to exercise a ‘constitutionally protected right.’”
“For people like Derzis, Norman, it seems deception is a way of life. They brazenly endanger women and break the law, as they did in Alabama, then pretend they are paragons of virtue whose businesses must not be closed or their word questioned under any circumstances,” said Troy Newman, the Operation Rescue chief. “These people masquerade – abetted by a complicit media — as those who help and serve women, when they pose a very real danger to the public. They don’t really care about women. The only thing they truly care about is their bank accounts.”
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