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abortion protest. After this information, a
recorded message from Scheidler comes on the
line discussing group activities.
Advocates for Life recently applied for a
court order seeking closure of the PWFHC until
it obtains a state license as a health-care facility.
A petition was filed in Multnomah County
Circuit Court asking for an order requiring state
health officials to impose the state license.
Since the court order, the Oregon State
Health Division has done a site visit and has
determined that the clinic does not need to be
“ T h ere are two different categories of licens
ing that we might fit under: one is a pregnancy
termination hospital and the other is an ambulat
ory surgical facility. An ASF is a facility that is
not connected with a hospital and does proce
dures that are not customarily performed in a
doctor’s office. The Oregon State Health Divi
sion has determined that we are not a pregnancy
termination hospital because we do not require
an overnight stay, we don't use general
anesthesia. and abortions are not the only proce
dures performed here. We also do "W ell-
Women“ health care, which includes pregnancy
screening, birth control and pap smears. The
OSHD also determined that we are not an
ambulatory surgical facility because we do pro
cedures that are frequently performed in a
doctor''s office.” explains Hanzo.
State law requires that a health-care facility
obtain a state license if it performs outpatient
surgery not routinely or customarily performed
in a physician's or dentist's office.
Beneath the controversy surrounding the
issue o f abortion lies an interesting history.
and 1841 a few state legislatures passed statutes.
Formulas for abortion in ancient Chinese medi
The early statutes were not designed to make
cal texts date hack almost 5.000 years. There are j abortion a crime; they were aimed at unsafe
also references to abortion throughout ancient
practices, poisonous remedies and criminally
Greek and Roman literature — in the writings
o f the physician Soranos o f Ephesus, for
After 1841 the laws began to get broader and
instance — and among Islamic medical writ
ings o f the Middle Ages. Methods not only
more restrictive, designed to go beyond the
included herbal remedies, but also abdominal
regulation o f medical practice and to change the
older attitudes toward abortion. After 1880
massage, hot baths, and jumping or other vio
abortion was illegal everywhere. All states
except Kentucky had criminalized it by statute
Throughout the period before the Civil War.
and had imposed penalties of fines and impris
abortion was freely advertised in newspapers in
onment for the abortionist and. in some states,
America, especially in larger cities. The gov
for the woman as well. This legislation, with
ernment was not particularly concerned about
onlv a few chances, governed abortion until the
the practice. In 1803. America had no legisla
Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade was
tion or. tKo subject o f abortion. Between 1821
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