Whole Woman's Health Appeal
By St. Joseph County Right to Life | February 2, 2018, 3:10pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — On January 24th, a local news outlet reported that Whole Woman's Health (WWH) made their expected appeal to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) following the ISDH's Notice of License Application Denial.
The appeal was made sometime on or before the January 23rd deadline mentioned in the denial notice. In a statement following the denial, WWH CEO Amy Hagstrom-Miller had made it clear her organization would appeal the decision.
The appeal will go to an administrative judge who will conduct a review. As the appeal moves forward, a judge is chosen, and the review is conducted, Saint Joseph County Right to Life plans to monitor the situation and update the community with any current information.
Saint Joseph County Right to Life believes that the ISDH will aim to staunchly defend the denial issuance. This license application and its subsequent denial is the first major controversial issue that Cristina Box, the Indiana State Health Commissioner, has dealt with since she was appointed in September. The ISDH and the Commissioner took nearly five months to gather additional documentation from WWH and to fully scrutinize the organization's past violations and health records before issuing their denial. It is more likely than not that the Commissioner will vigorously defend this issuance. Nonetheless, Saint Joseph County Right to Life intends to follow the proceedings closely and report on any further information.