The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is toying with the idea of regulating the abortion mills in the State of Maryland for the first time. I've got to say it's a start, albeit a weak one. This Gazette article states that the proposed regulations would subject abortion centers to the same standards that bind other outpatient surgical centers. Now think about that sentence for a moment. What it's saying is that hitherto, abortion mills have not had to meet nearly the same standards as other places that perform surgery.
Read further down the article. The oversight of abortion mills has been so remiss that the MD Dept of Health doesn't even know where the mills are located. A department spokesperson admits that they have to look them up in the Yellow Pages. Well, you have to start somewhere, I suppose - but what of those shady joints who don't advertise their presence to the public? Guess they'll just fall by the wayside, I suppose!
The Stephen Chase Brigham debacle of last year seems to have been the straw that broke the camel's back; the State of Maryland realized that they could not ignore these quacks any longer and maintain some semblance of credibility.
The proposed regulations are on line. The Department is taking public comments on them through August 19th. Here is information on how to make your opinions known. My personal take is that they are so weak as to be useless. There is too much allowance therein for the "fox guarding the hen house", so to speak. But please read them and draw your own conclusions.