Maryland’s health department has drafted new regulations for clinics where surgical abortions are performed.
The regulations were submitted for public comment Friday were developed in response to abortions performed at an Elkton clinic run by a doctor whose license had been suspended in New Jersey. Regulators found that Dr. Steven Brigham was starting late-term abortions in New Jersey and sending patients to Maryland to complete the procedures.
The draft Maryland regulations would require clinics to have a license from the state. They also would be subject to inspection. A clinic staff member would have to be available 24 hours a day for emergencies.
The public comment period on the regulations runs through Aug. 18.