Friday, August 11, 2006

Alabama Health Officials Seek To Revise Unclear Abortion Clinic ...

Alabama health officials have concluded that regulations on abortion clinics are unclear and need to be revised, the AP/Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports. State Bureau of Health Provider Standards Director Rick Harris on Wednesday said, "We need to make sure the rules say what we're intending them to say," adding that revising regulations comes after alleged violations at the Summit Medical Center, a Birmingham abortion clinic (Hunter, AP/Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 8/9). SMC in June yielded its license in response to a suspension order issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health on May 17 and has been closed since May 18. State health officials said a clinic staff member in February performed an ultrasound on a woman seeking an abortion and determined she was at six weeks' gestation, when she actually was almost full-term.

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