From the office of State Sen. Nancy Jacobs:
Today the Maryland State Health Department announces new regulations that will, for the first time, bring abortion clinics under state oversight and put them on par with other ambulatory surgical clinics. The new regulations will require safety standards be met and ensure the health of patients.
These regulations came about after the case of a botched abortion in Elkton, Maryland in which a young woman’s life was endangered. A police investigation showed the physician performing the abortion didn’t call 911 even though the woman was losing consciousness and was bleeding internally from a perforated uterus. It was learned the clinic owner had been starting abortion procedures on his patients in New Jersey, then following them in a car to Maryland to finish the procedure because late term abortions are prohibited in that state.
A bill sponsored by Senator Nancy Jacobs during the 2010 General Assembly demanding safety standards and oversight of abortion clinics resulted in a compromise. The Maryland Health Department agreed to draft regulations covering abortion clinics for the first time with standards similar to those covering other surgical clinics. Those regulations will be published in the Maryland Register July 13th and will take effect on July 23rd.