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Mr. Miles, the defense attorney, countered that everything was legal and that the facility was Dr. Norman’s private office.

In his ruling, Judge Boohaker said that, based on Dr. Norman’s own testimony, he was satisfied that the doctor has performed 30 or more abortions for two months during the calendar year, which rendered his office an abortion center under state law.

Moreover, when Ms. Derzis‘ company, Dipat LLC., referred prospective abortion clients to Dr. Norman through a telephone service, it also meant his office was an abortion provider under law.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.