According to news reports, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services suspended The Baker Clinic for Women’s certificate of operation last Friday based on conditions at the abortion clinic “present an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the clients and that emergency action is required to protect the clients.”
This news comes as the NC Senate passed stronger abortion safety rules in legislation just last week.
Senate President Phil Berger issued this statement about the Baker Clinic today:
“This is exactly the type of substandard ‘medical’ care threatening women’s health that we intended to fight with the legislation we passed last week. We respect that the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade makes it the law of the land. But it defies logic how any politician – from either party – could oppose higher safety and sanitation standards for women’s clinics.”
As we reported last week, women’s safety issues were top of mind among North Carolina Senators following the horrific details of the Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia last year.
According to WNCN.com, officials with the Acute and Home Care Licensure and Certification Section of DHHS surveyed the Baker Clinic and found numerous violations.
The survey revealed that the facility failed to perform adequate quality control in blood banking. The Baker Clinic was found to have failed to perform quality control testing on 108 patients that received Rh(D) (Rhesus) testing.
In severe cases, Rhesus disease can lead to stillbirth. In other instances, Rhesus can result in learning difficulties for the child, deafness, anemia, jaundice or blindness.
The Baker Clinic for Women has 60 days to appeal the suspension.
The Senate-passed abortion clinic safety measures now move back to the NC House for further consideration. The House Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to hear the measure on Tuesday.