NC regulators close 3 abortion clinics in 3 months

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's health agency has closed three abortion clinics in three months for violating health and safety regulations that previously did not cause suspensions.   

The News & Observer reports Friday (http://bit.ly/137onLC ) its review of Department of Health and Human Services records suggests that while periodic inspections at the state's 16 abortion clinics haven't increased, regulators are taking a more aggressive stance. 

Prior to a Charlotte clinic's closure in May, the state had suspended just two clinics since 1999.  

The suspensions in Charlotte, Durham and Asheville correspond with Republican lawmakers' anti-abortion efforts. On Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill requiring state regulators to write tougher regulations, last updated in 1995. 

Abortion opponents hail the closings as proof a crackdown is needed. Abortion-rights supporters argue it proves the system already works.

 

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