of shuttered AC
By AP from thnt.com
Online, July 17, 2007
ATLANTIC CITY -- Anti-abortion
protesters have begun picketing an abortion clinic that's currently closed.
They don't want the Alternatives clinic to be sold to a doctor who has had his
license terminated in New York and Florida.
Dr. Steven Chase Brigham has said he intends to buy the clinic, which was closed
due to health violations on June 22. He told The Press of Atlantic City
that he began performing abortions at the center and paying its employees before
the clinic was shuttered.
But a spokesman for its current owner, Dr. Alan Kline, said he's not selling to
Brigham. And state officials say they have not received an application for
Still, the prospect of seeing Brigham run the clinic is particularly troubling
for anti-abortion groups.
In 1994, New Jersey restricted him from performing second-trimester abortions
after receiving allegations of gross negligence. That year, the state
appointed Kline to monitor his work and the restrictions were overturned two
"Our main focus is to block this Brigham sale,'' Chris Slattery, president of
Expectant Mother Care, a New York-based group with pregnancy centers in New
Jersey, told The Press for Tuesday's newspapers. "He has clearly shown a
contempt for women's health.''