National Medical Group Cancels Its Conference In Alabama Because Of Anti-Immigrant Law

The Association of Departments of Family Medicine has decided to move its conference away from Alabama because of the state’s harmful immigration law, HB 56. The association has not released a statement, but Priscilla Noland, ADFM’s administrative director, confirmed the decision to the Mobile Press-Register. Carol Hunter, a spokeswoman for the Downtown Mobile Alliance, said ADFM’s board voted to withdraw its reservation at a hotel in Mobile, Alabama for the 2013 conference. Before this situation, David Randel, president of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, said he had not heard of a convention pulling out of Alabama because of HB 56. “The question, really, is how many meeting planners didn’t call Alabama because of the immigration law,” he told the Press-Register.