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Indiana officials explain decision on proposed South Bend abortion clinic

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—A nonprofit’s request to open an abortion clinic in South Bend has been rejected because state officials say necessary information was not disclosed during the application process.

The Indiana Department of Health administrative panel ruled 2-1 in November to reject the Whole Women's Health Alliance's application but did not explain why.

The panel has released an explanation for their decision.

Health Department officials said in their report that the group did not have “reputable and responsible character” and provided inaccurate information.

The decision can be appealed.

The Whole Women’s Health Alliance has been trying to receive approval to open the clinic for over a year.

Whole Women's Health Alliance's initial application for a license was initially denied in January but an administrative judge ruled they should be granted a license in September, which the state appealed.

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