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Abortion services clinic may open in Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – A doctor once linked to a now-closed abortion clinic in downtown Rockford plans to open a clinic at another location in Forest City where he will prescribe abortion pills.

Dr. Dennis Christensen, an obstetrician and gynecologist, is the managing director of Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee, one of four clinics in Wisconsin that offered abortion services before last week’s Supreme Court ruling that placed the right to abortion in the hands of each state.

Dr. Christensen confirmed to 23 News that on June 13 he bought a building in the 600 block of Auburn Street for $75,000. He wants to transform the structure into a clinic that provides services, including the prescription of medication for abortions. He says he hopes it will be operational by July 5.

For several years, Dr. Christensen ran the Northern Illinois Women’s Center, which was the area’s only abortion clinic in the 1400 block of Broadway. He took over the clinic in 2004 following the death of the centre’s founder, Dr. Richard Ragsdale.

Christensen says he relinquished control several years later and the facility closed in 2012 after being fined several times by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

In a Facebook post about a week ago, Affiliated Medical Services alerted patients that they would no longer be offering abortion services, but that clinic staff were trying to “reestablish a way to provide care.” to our patients via Illinois”.

The Diocese of Rockford Life and Family Evangelism office sent a letter to its members alerting them to Christensen’s plans. We contacted the band, who declined to comment on the sale and future plans. In its letter, the LIFE office urged members to pray immediately to stop this clinic from opening.

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