North Carolina has closed three abortion clinics in as many months due to violations of the state’s health and safety regulations, the Charlotte Observer reports.
That number exceeds the total number of suspensions handed out by the state to abortion clinics in the past 14 years (one clinic was closed in 1999 and another in 2007). The Observer notes that state documents indicate that there have not been more inspections than usual this year, signaling that inspectors may be taking a tougher approach to enforcement.
The Observer reviewed inspection reports and found that most clinics are written up for gaps in protocol and record-keeping errors. However, there have been more serious violations, such as “using a single-dose vial of a narcotic for multiple patients” or “allowing a medical office assistant instead of a doctor to examine biological material after the procedure.”
The clinic located in Charlotte, which had its license revoked in May, had staffers orally administering a liquid drug used to induce abortions; it is meant to be injected or ingested in pill form.