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State suspends Asheville abortion clinic

The Department of Health and Human Services suspended the license of an Asheville abortion clinic Wednesday.

The suspension followed a routine survey of the clinic, FEMCARE, Inc.Regulators discovered 23 violations of existing rules, according to state release.

DHHS staff determined the violations revealed an imminent threat to the health and safety of patients.

Violations included failure to maintain anesthesia delivery systems, failure to ensure emergency equipment had weekly checks, failure to sweep and mop the operating floor and failure to have a director of nursing, among others.

This is the third license suspension of a North Carolina abortion clinic since May. Before May, the last suspension was in 2007.

Staff writer Caitlin Owens


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We won't go back

Amazing how this imminent health and safety issue was never a problem before. Anyone else think that the Dr. Gerald was forced out? We're continuing the fight at Goolsby's office since he seems to think we're confused. Join us if you're in Wilmington.

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