Agency suspends licenses of 2 of 3 abortion clinics in SC

Associated Press - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's public health agency has suspended the licenses and threatened to close two of the state's three abortion clinics.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control issued suspension orders Friday for Planned Parenthood's Columbia clinic and the Greenville Women's Clinic. The orders cite multiple violations found during recent inspections, including incomplete records, expired medicine and not properly disposing of aborted fetuses. Exactly what that means is unclear.

DHEC Director Catherine Heigel says the agency will work with the facilities to help them get into compliance.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson released the following statement regarding DHEC's findings regarding abortion clinics:

The Attorney General's Office has received a copy of DHEC's findings and has been in contact with SLED. We are presently working with SLED to review the findings and to determine if criminal action is warranted.

The facilities have until Sept. 28 to do so before the orders take effect. They could also appeal through the Administrative Law Court.

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