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North Dakota appears to lack any regulatory framework for inspecting abortion businesses. AUL submitted a public records request, under the North Dakota Open Records Statute, N.D.C.C. §44-04-18 et seq., to the North Dakota Department of Health and the North Dakota Board of Medicine. AUL legal staff were told that North Dakota does not require licensure for abortion businesses or inspect them. All physicians are regulated and con- trolled under the North Dakota Board of Medicine. There were no state inspection reports to be reviewed. The only inspection reports came from the federal government, which conducts annual inspections on certain CLIA-certified pathology labs, in which Red River Women’s Clinic was included. One report cited the laboratory’s failure to evaluate test- ing personnel, which limits the laboratory’s ability to ensure testing personnel perform patient testing accurately.

DATE RANGE: 2011–2019

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