A hearing was held on Tuesday in the case of People of the State of Illinois v. Women’s Aid Clinic of Lincolnwood in Cook County Court in downtown Chicago, and to no one’s surprise, Women’s Aid Clinic owner Larisa Rozansky is continuing her stall tactics.
The state Attorney General’s office filed suit [PDF] against Women’s Aid in August 2012 after the notorious abortion facility refused to pay the $36,000 fine assessed against it by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) following an September 2011 inspection that uncovered deplorable conditions and several serious violations.
Unlike the March 12 hearing, at which Rozansky didn’t bother to show up, she actually did appear in Judge Alexander White’s courtroom on Tuesday with a stack of paperwork—but sans an attorney. Judge White reminded her that because Women’s Aid Clinic was a corporate debtor, it must be represented by an attorney.
Rozansky told Judge White that she didn’t have the money to hire an attorney, to which he responded that the issue was not whether she personally had the money to hire an attorney, but whether Women’s Aid Clinic had the money to hire an attorney.
Rozansky replied that Women’s Aid Clinic doesn’t have the money, either, and that it filed for bankruptcy in October 2011 because it had no assets.
That would explain Rozansky’s March 13, 2012 letter [PDF] to William Bell of the IDPH in which she claimed that Women’s Aid Clinic “does not exist and does not have any assets or associated bank accounts.”
And yet, while supposedly “not exist[ing],” the facility still continued to do business under the name “Women’s Aid Clinic” for several more weeks. What’s more, the name “Women’s Aid Clinic of Lincolnwood” was the name that appeared on the facility’s May 2012 eviction order [PDF] brought on by the $50,000 in back rent owed to its landlord.
As reported previously, Women’s Aid Clinic has since moved and changed its name to Women’s Aid Center.
Clearly, Women’s Aid Clinic-now-it’s-Women’s Aid Center is in dire financial straits, so it’s no surprise that Rozansky is refusing to pay the $36,000 fine by continuing to employ stall tactics to draw the legal process out as much as she can.
Ultimately, Judge White set the next hearing date in the case for May 16. Watch this space for developments.