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Durham abortion clinic shut down by DHHS

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

An abortion clinic in Durham was ordered to shut down by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for failure to comply with the safety rules for women's health clinics.

The state suspended The Baker Clinic for Women's certificate of operation on Friday, July 5 due to findings that showed "conditions at The Baker Clinic for Women present an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the clients and that emergency action is required to protect the clients."

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, anaemia, jaundice or blindness.

The Baker Clinic for Women has 60 days to appeal the suspension.

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