Carolina Public Press: agency denies abortion politics played role in suspending abortion clinic

From Carolina Public Press:

Carolina Public Press’ recent report on state government documents regarding last summer’s suspension of Femcare, Western North Carolina’s only abortion clinic, drew a response from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services yesterday. In it, a DHHS spokesperson again denied that political motives were behind the suspension.

The March 13 article, “Documents disclose political, PR pressures surrounding Asheville abortion clinic’s suspension,” detailed findings in internal records from both DHHS and the office of Gov. Pat McCrory. It showed how key legislators involved in new state legislation tightening restrictions on abortions pressed the department for details about Femcare’s inspection history. It also showed how the McCrory administration mounted a publicity push surrounding the suspension.

Last week, state Rep. Susan Fisher, a Buncombe County Democrat, told WLOS that CPP’s report on the documents “solidifies my belief that politics were at play in the closure of Femcare.”


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