Huntsville Abortion Fight Continues at Zoning Board Meeting

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – On Tuesday night, there will be another round in the battle over  Huntsville ‘s abortion clinic, but this could be the last in the fight over the clinic’s proposed move.

The site is currently the Women’s Wellness Center on 4831 Sparkman Drive in northwest Huntsville.

It is an obstetrics and gynaecology practice.

It is possibly the future location of the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives.

Until June, Huntsville’s only abortion clinic operated on Madison Street in downtown, but administrators surrendered their license, saying there was no way the building would comply with the tougher standards of the new state law governing abortion clinics.

Opponents, who worked to shut the clinic down, initially argued the location was too close to a middle school.

They are now fighting the move by challenging the site’s medical use variance.

The area is zoned as residential.

The city granted the property a medical use variance in 1998.

At 6:00 pm Tuesday night opponents will challenge the variance before the Huntsville Zoning Board.

The meeting will take place on the first floor of City Hall.

The zoning administrators tell WHNT News 19 that variances do usually transfer with a property sale.

However, each challenge is dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

The appeal of the variance is the first items on the zoning board’s agenda.

Zoning board members could make a decision Tuesday night, but if they feel they need more time, the vote will be postponed until next month’s meeting.


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