Sunday, June 18, 2006

Abortion clinic gives up license after death

A Birmingham abortion clinic has surrendered its license amid allegations that a woman delivered a nearly full-term stillborn baby after a clinic staffer gave her an abortion-inducing drug and performed other medical treatments without a doctor present, health officials said. The Alabama Department of Health issued a suspension order against Summit Medical Center on May 17, citing numerous violations of state health rules. The center has been closed since it was shutdown the next day and will not reopen, said Rick Harris, director of the state health agency's bureau of provider standards. Wednesday's move avoids a June 20 hearing where the state would have presented its case against the center and sought to revoke Summit's license. "We got the same remedy we were trying to get in the hearing," Harris said.

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