from David Bereit
"For at least 25 years, there's been an abortion
facility at 6700 North 9th Avenue in Pensacola,
Florida. But last Friday -- Day 38 of the fall
40 Days for Life campaign -- as people prayed
outside, the clinic CLOSED ITS DOORS and shut down!
The local 40 Days for Life team didn't even realize
it at the time. Ernie Cyr, the Pensacola coordinator,
heard reports that law enforcement officers went into
the clinic on Friday to serve some legal papers, but
no one really knew what was going on.
Then on Monday, a simple legal notice appeared in the
fine-print section of the local newspaper: "As of
October 30th, 2009, The Community Health Center of
Pensacola will be terminating its practice."
Ernie's two-word response? "Praise God!"
A local TV news team did some digging, and last night
their top story reported what they discovered. The
clinic operated a lab, and that lab required a state
license. The owners had a license at one time, but
the news report documented that it expired 413 days
ago. And that's something state investigators became
aware of only recently.
The clinic was given a choice: pay a huge fine or
close down. The fine is $1,000 a day -- for each of
the 413 days the lab was without a license -- which
came to a whopping $413,000!
The clinic could not come up with the money ... and
was left with only one choice: CLOSE.
State officials told WEAR-TV that they had offered
the abortion facility a reduced fine as part of a
settlement agreement -- but they never received a
response. The abortion center staff would not talk
with the TV reporters for comment, but the legal
notice in the newspaper certainly suggests that the
closure is permanent.