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What's Next for FemCare?

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Published on Aug 1, 2013

Asheville's only abortion clinic is working to correct issues that prompted the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to suspend its license.

The state suspended FemCare's license after inspectors found nearly two dozen safety and health violations during a routine survey on July 18th and 19th.

In a statement, the clinic's director, Dr. Lorraine Cummings, said standards that were acceptable when we were last inspected have changed, and as soon as we were notified of them two weeks ago, we began the process of meeting each one of them.

We have had no patient infections using our former protocols, the statement continued. We expect to be in compliance soon with the required standards and will return to serving our patients as soon as possible.

FemCare has ten days to show DHHS it has come into compliance with the standards.

The clinic was front and center in the recent debate over abortion legislation in Raleigh. That legislation, which was signed into law Monday, requires DHHS to change clinic standards to those of ambulatory surgical centers. As our partners at Carolina Public Press report, FemCare is the only clinic in North Carolina that has met those standards in the past, and some believe it would be the only clinic to meet them going forward.

But DHHS spokesman Ricky Diaz tells News13 t

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