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NC agency orders Durham abortion clinic closed


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- State officials have ordered a Durham abortion clinic to close its doors after finding safety violations.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services suspended the certificate of operation for The Baker Clinic for Women last Friday. A letter from the department to the clinic pointed to its failure to ensure quality control was performed in blood banking, the process of collecting, separating and storing blood.

According to the department, a survey showed the clinic failed to perform quality control testing on 108 patients that received Rhesus testing.

The survey was conducted on July 2, and the letter to the clinic was dated last Friday. The Baker Clinic has 60 days to appeal the suspension.

A voice message left at the clinic seeking comment wasn't immediately returned Monday.

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