Thursday, May 30, 2013


12 of 16 Maryland abortion clinics fail inspections
Lifesite News – John Jalsevac – 5/27/2013

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) announced on Friday that of 16 abortion clinics inspected in the state, 12 of them have failed to meet the state’s safety regulations. The state's new regulations for abortion facilities went into effect in July of last year.

In a letter dated May 24, Joshua Sharfstein, the secretary of the Maryland DOH, said that among the three most common violations discovered was the:

  • Failure to maintain a sanitary environment at all times
  • To consistently use chemical indicator strips in sterilized equipment packing.
  • Failure to obtain information about the professional credentials of physicians on staff from the National Practitioner Data Bank
  • Failure to include a discharge diagnosis in the medical record.

As reported on Friday, the emergency suspension of the licenses of four of the clinics, all owned by Associates in OB/GYN Care, was deemed necessary earlier this month to protect “public health, safety or welfare.”

  • Non-physicians at the four abortion clinics were routinely distributing the abortion drug misprostol to women who had never been seen by a physician and who were up to 11 weeks pregnant.
  • Aat one of the clinics an unqualified staff member was performing ultrasounds and dispensing misoprostol.
  • Among the 12 abortion clinics caught violating state regulations were all three of the state's Planned Parenthood abortion facilities, as well as that of notorious late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart.
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