Birmingham Abortion Clinic Receives Probation

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An Alabama abortion clinic is on probation by state health officials for alleged violations related to minors.

An investigation by state's Bureau of Health Provider Standards found that several girls between 13 and 15 received abortions at the Birmingham Planned Parenthood clinic without parental consent.

The pro-life group "Live Action" recorded a secret audiotape in which a clinic employee claims someone other than a legal guardian can give consent.

"We have seen this across the country in our investigative work and released videos from several other states showing the same activity," Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, said during break from classes at UCLA.

"To me this is the problem. You would think that an abortion clinic that intended to be law-abiding would have a lawyer or someone in the facility personally sit down and read what the statute requires and that obviously hadn't been done," Rick Harris, director of Alabama's Bureau of Health Provider Standards, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The duration of the imposed probation is one year and the clinic has until next week to present its plan to correct the violations.

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