Friday, November 06, 2009

Pensacola Abortion Clinic Closes

One of Pensacola's two abortion clinics has closed after being unable to pay a $413,000 fine for having an expired lab license for 413 days.
In January, a survey by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration determined that the center's lab license had been expired for 413 days. A fine of $1,000 per day was imposed.

AHCA is responsible for the licensing and regulation of health facilities and for administration of Medicaid.

Since January, the abortion clinic has remained in operation while the lab has been shut down.

But on Oct. 30, still unable to pay the fine, the clinic voluntarily shut down, said Tiffany Vause, AHCA press secretary.

AHCA lawyers have offered a settlement agreement, which has not been accepted or rejected, she said. She would not reveal the amount.

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