While the state has yet to set the regulations for abortion clinics after a new law signed this summer, at least one abortion clinic in the state has voluntarily shut down for good.
The Durham-based Baker Clinic for Women voluntarily surrendered its license last week just as Asheville’s abortion facility reopened.
Dr. John Baker, who owned the clinic, surrendered the clinic’s certificate to operate six weeks after the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services temporarily revoked its license for failing to meet state abortion clinic standards.
On the same day the Durham facility closed, Femcare, Inc., the state’s only ambulatory surgical abortion clinic, reopened after its suspension late last month.
The Baker Clinic for Women and Femcare were two of the three abortion clinics closed temporarily this year by the DHHS. Kirsti Clifford, spokeswoman for the department, said in an email that the suspensions occurred during routine inspections that take place every three to five years.