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Florida suspends abortion clinic after hospitalizations

An abortion clinic serving girls from all around the U.S. South had its license suspended this weekend underneath an emergency order from Florida well being officers after two girls who had undergone procedures on the clinic have been hospitalized this year

The state Agency for Health Care Administration ordered the suspension of the license for American Family Planning of Pensacola. It went into impact on Saturday.

The company cited two circumstances, saying the clinic failed to observe the sufferers always, did not present medical data when sufferers have been transferred for larger care and did not contact the sufferers inside 24 hours after they left the clinic to evaluate their recovery.

In one case, clinic workers urged the husband of a patient to take her to a hospital in Mobile, Alabama, rather than a closer hospital in Pensacola that had a transfer agreement with the clinic, delaying her treatment. At the Alabama hospital, the woman needed to be resuscitated and required a transfusion to replace blood loss, according to the emergency order.

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

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

The clinic is entitled to a hearing about the decision.

A woman who said she works for the clinic’s scheduling service answered its phone on Sunday but said nobody was there who could talk about the emergency order. The clinic’s chief financial officer, Roneika Pettermon, who also is listed as its business agent in state business records, didn’t respond to a phone call for comment on Monday.

The Florida Access Network, a nonprofit organization that advocates for abortion rights, released a statement Monday saying that it aligns with the decision to close an abortion clinic that failed to provide quality care, but that doesn’t reflect the majority of abortion providers around the country.

“The decision to suspend this clinic should not be used as a political opportunity to adopt additional clinic regulations” Florida Access Network co-director Stephanie Loraine Pineiro said in a statement. “People deserve abortion care in their community that is high quality, safe, stigma free and inclusive of all identities.”

Because of its traditionally much less restrictive legal guidelines, Florida has lengthy been thought of a “safe haven” for ladies from neighboring states desirous to get abortions. On its web site, the clinic says it serves girls from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia.

Even although Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into legislation final month laws that might ban most abortions after 15 weeks, Florida’s abortion legislation remains to be prone to be much less restrictive than these of neighboring states, ought to the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.

Abortion clinics have a fraught historical past in Pensacola.

In the Nineteen Eighties, an abortion clinic and the workplaces of docs who carried out abortions have been bombed, and abortion opponents rushed right into a clinic and broken tools in one other incident. In the Nineteen Nineties, Dr. David Gunn was fatally shot, and in a separate incident, Dr. John Britton and his volunteer escort, James Barrett have been fatally shot outdoors abortion clinics.

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