From the office of Sen. Nancy Jacobs:
The Maryland Health Department has just issued draft regulations that will make sure clinics performing surgical abortions are safer for their patients. Senator Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford/Cecil) called for stricter oversight of these clinics by sponsoring legislation during this year’s General Assembly session. The safety issue came to light after a young woman was critically injured at an abortion clinic in Elkton, Cecil County last fall.
Senator Jacobs agreed to put the legislation on hold to give the Health Department the opportunity to propose these new regulations to address the problem.
The proposed regulations are based on those that govern other outpatient surgical facilities. These standards should help ensure the safety of patients by including a licensing requirement, properly qualified physicians, emergency plans and a 24 hour patient hotline.
According to Senator Jacobs “I believe even more can be done to protect women at these clinics. This is a very positive step in assuring fewer deaths or injuries at abortion clinics in Maryland.”