State suspends license of Asheville abortion clinic

cowens@newsobserver.comJuly 31, 2013 

— 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.

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