Filthy Abortion Clinic After Gosnell Conviction Slated to Reopen

State   Steven Ertelt   May 15, 2013   |   11:46AM    Charlotte, NC

No sooner did officials in North Carolina close a filthy abortion clinic than an announcement has been made that it will reopen.

Following the murder conviction of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, the North Carolina health department temporarily shut down an abortion clinic. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services suspended the license of  A Preferred Women’s Health Clinic, the busiest abortion clinic in Charlotte. Officials said they discovered vile and filthy conditions at it.

However, for the second time after officials locked the doors, the abortion clinic is back in business — supposedly with a corrective plan in place to fix the problems. As a local media report indicates:

A Preferred Woman’s Health Center on Latrobe Drive will be allowed to open at 9 a.m. Wednesday after the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services lifted its order suspending clinic services, according to an official with the state agency who provided information on background.

The clinic’s reopening comes only four days after it was ordered to suspend operations. In April state investigators determined that clinic staffers were orally administering the drug methotrexate, which is used to induce abortions. The drug is meant to be injected, according to the state report.

But Tuesday, the state Department of Health and Human Services received “documentation that the inappropriate administration of medication would be discontinued,” according to the department official.

The clinic also submitted a quality improvement plan to the state, the official said.

The state department has temporarily shut down the Charlotte clinic – only to have it reopen shortly thereafter – in the past, according to the official and a state document. In February 2007, state investigators found as many as 16 safety and regulatory issues at the clinic, according to a letter DHHS sent the clinic.

Some of the problems at the abortion clinic, the report noted, include an improper administration of the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug that has killed an injured women.

In one case, a 19-year-old woman came to the clinic for an abortion procedure and was given methotrexate orally. A month later, she returned to the clinic, still pregnant, and had to undergo a “surgical abortion procedure,” according to state documents.

A 33-year-old woman also received the drug orally, according to state documents. It’s unclear what happened in her case.

“Based on the investigative findings, an imminent threat to the health and safety of patients was identified,” according to a summary of findings by DHHS.

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The abortion clinic apparently knew it was going to reopen and made no mention of the temporarily closing on its web site.