Huntsville abortion clinic reopens after securing approval from health officials

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Pro choice advocates are calling the news a major victory; North Alabama has a licensed abortion provider, again.

Nearly four months ago the Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives  closed its downtown Huntsville clinic, but they re-opened Monday at 4831 Sparkman Drive.

The Department of Public Health granted clinic owner Dalton Johnson a new license Friday.

Clinic owner Dalton Johnson told our news partners at The Huntsville Times and al.com Wednesday  he is "extremely relieved" to be back in business after having to vacate the former clinic on Madison Street, which could not be retrofitted to comply with the Alabama Women's Health and Safety Act of 2013.

"A lot of obstacles were coming in front of us, but we just kept moving forward," Johnson said.

Clinic supporters told WHNT News 19 Wednesday evening this is not the end to their fight to keep the doors open at north Alabama's only abortion clinic.

"We are very pleased by the doors opening back up for now, but we know this fight is far from over," Josie Poland, Huntsville director of Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates says.

A group of anti-abortion activists led by Rev. James Henderson sued the City of Huntsville last month in an effort to prevent Alabama Women's Center from re-opening.  Those anti-abortion activists say they will continue to fight and protest the clinic.

(Al.com/The Huntsville Times Contributed to this report)

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