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Friday, December 02, 2022

Florida suspends abortion clinic after hospitalization

PENSACOLA, Fla. ( Associated Press) — The license of an abortion clinic serving women in the US South was suspended this weekend under an emergency order from Florida health officials after two women underwent procedures at the clinic this year. was admitted to the hospital.

The State Agency for Health Care Administration ordered the suspension of Pensacola’s US family planning license, effective Saturday.

In the cases cited by the agency, the clinic failed to monitor patients at all times, did not provide medical records when patients were transferred for more care, and contacted patients within 24 hours of leaving the clinic to assess their recovery. did not do. said in the order issued on Friday.

It said the problems were operational deficiencies “endangering the health, safety and welfare” of the clinic’s patients, and that the clinic failed to submit timely reports about incidents to the state agency.

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In one case, clinic staff urged a patient’s husband to take her to a hospital in Mobile, Alabama, and not to a nearby hospital in Pensacola, which had a transfer agreement with the clinic, delaying her treatment. Hui. According to the emergency order, at an Alabama hospital, the woman needed to be resuscitated and needed a transfusion to make up for the blood loss.

In another case from March, a patient was taken to the emergency room of Pensacola Hospital with bleeding and low blood pressure. She needed emergency surgery and a surgeon performed a hysterectomy. Last year, as per the emergency order, a third patient required uterine perforation repair.

“Women receiving an abortion must receive the level of care and services mandated by law,” the emergency order said.

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The clinic is entitled to a hearing regarding the decision.

A woman who says she works for the clinic’s scheduling service answered her phone on Sunday, but said there was no one there who could talk to about the emergency order.

Because of its historically less restrictive laws, Florida has long been considered a “safe haven” for women from neighboring states who want to have an abortion. On its website, the clinic says it serves women in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia.

Even though Florida Gov.’s Ron DeSantis signed it into law Last month’s law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks, Florida’s abortion law still likely to be less restrictive than neighboring states, should the US Supreme Court overturn Roe vs. Wade.

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