NC abortion facility closed down as ‘imminent threat’ to public health reopens


CHARLOTTE, NC, May 15, 2013 ( – An abortion facility that was ordered closed by the state May 10 reopened Wednesday morning after promising the Department of Health that it would clean up its act.

“A Preferred Women’s Health Center” was shut down by state authorities after an investigation revealed employees were improperly administering abortion drugs, as well as failing to ensure abortions were completed, leaving women vulnerable to infections and other potentially life-threatening complications.

Workers at the “A Preferred Women’s Health Center” administered injectable methotrexate orally to abortion-seeking women, in violation of FDA and manufacturer guidelines.

Methotrexate is a toxic cancer-fighting drug that is sometimes used off-label to begin the chemical abortion process, because it causes the placenta to detach from the uterine wall in pregnant patients. The drug comes in both injectable and tablet form.

The abortion center used the injectable form, but according to state investigators, instead of using the medication as directed, nurses at the clinic used syringes to squirt the medication into cups for oral administration. That caused the dosages to be unpredictable and dangerous.

The wrong dose of methotrexate can cause severe complications, such as incomplete abortion, heavy bleeding, liver damage, and death.

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