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Summit abortion clinic will fight state's threatened denial of its license
Owner says the state citations were primarily paperwork problems that would be found in most medical clinics and hospitals

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The state has notified an abortion clinic in Cuyahoga Falls that it plans to deny it a license – something the owner of the clinic plans to fight. 

The letter the Ohio Department of Health sent to Dr. David Burkons  at the end of last month sums up an inspection of the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center done in early February. Burkons said the clinic’s response will likely be going out this week.

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“We expected to get a report within a couple of weeks; it took six months. There were a list of deficiencies, virtually all of which were paperwork type of stuff -- things not listed in the procedural manual in the right way, that sort of thing -- all of which had already been corrected. They’re all pretty simple things, so we expect that after they review these that they will approve our license.” 

The state’s citations say the clinic did not have a nursing director or a quality assurance plan – both of which Burkons said the clinic had, but for which needed it the right documentation. The citations also said inspectors found some medical supplies outdated by a few days to 10 months. 

The state had shut down the Capital Care Network clinic, which operated at the same site, in 2013. Burkons says his is a totally separate corporation. He says he’s been providing only medical abortions – the morning-after pill – until he gets his license, and then he’ll perform surgical abortions up to 12 weeks.

The state is also moving to shut down an abortion clinic in Toledo. 

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