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Pa. Suspends Abortion Clinic for Undisclosed Link to Prohibited Provider

Pa. Suspends Abortion Clinic for Undisclosed Link to Prohibited Provider

December 2, 2013 — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has suspended the registration of a abortion clinic in the state after it failed to disclose its affiliation with Steven Brigham, an abortion provider who is prohibited from operating in the state, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports (McCullough, Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/27).

Background

The clinic, called Integrity Family Health, was issued a permit to operate a few months ago after a state Department of Health initial inspection. The department then added the clinic to its online list of abortion providers in the state.

However, staff members at the Philadelphia Women's Center earlier this month found evidence that the clinic was affiliated with Brigham's multistate company, American Women's Services. The employees alerted the state's health department to their findings, which then launched an investigation into the clinic (Women's Health Policy Report, 11/8).

Suspension Details

In a letter to IFH President Kimberly Glunt, Deputy Secretary of Health Anna Marie Sossong wrote, "No abortion-related services of any kind may be offered after Nov. 29."

IFH has 30 days to appeal or its registration revocation will be made permanent.

According to the Inquirer, neither Glunt nor Brigham could be reached for comment (Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/27).