August 1, 2013 | Posted in Abortion | By

According to LifeNews.com, the  North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has suspended the license of an abortion clinic in Asheville, NC, due to two dozen serious health and safety violations.

According to a press release from North Carolina’s DHHS, “Inspectors from Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) found the [abortion] facility failed to comply with 23 separate rules.” Additionally, the press release noted the the abortion clinic:

“Failed to maintain anesthesia (nitrous oxide gas) delivery systems in good working condition, with torn masks and tubing held together with tape. This could lead to patients not receiving the intended dosage and risk patients not being fully sedated during surgical procedures, leading to pain and physical harm.

“Failed to ensure emergency equipment had weekly checks to ensure the equipment was suitable for use in patient care and failed to ensure that emergency medicine wasn’t expired.

“Failed to have a resuscitator available.

“Failed to sweep and mop the operating room floor and failed to properly clean operating room beds.

“Failed to have a director of nursing responsible and accountable for all nursing services.

“Failed to have an agreement/contract with an anesthetist or anesthesiologist.

“Failed to have an agreement/contract with a registered pharmacist to assure appropriate methods, procedures and controls for obtaining, dispensing, and administering drugs.”

During past legislative sessions we have worked with lawmakers to craft legislation ensuring Arkansas’ abortion clinics are inspected and held to high standards. Legislation like that helps prevent abortion clinics from operating under such deplorable conditions.

LifeNews says the Asheville clinic is the forty-second abortion clinic to close in America since January 1, 2013.

Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.