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Dr. Peters said some of the inspectors’ observations were flat wrong, and none of the violations affected patient care.

“I’ve been here since 2005, and we’ve never had a major complication,” he said.

Ms. Abrams‘ clinic also was cited for multiple deficiencies, including failure to change a cleaning solution every time dirty implements were brought to a sink.

“If the Health Department thought there was some kind of public danger they could shut us down immediately,” Ms. Abrams said. “As far as I know, no one was shut down a single day.”

The Coalition to Protect Women’s Health noted that all nine of the abortion clinics that were inspected received their licenses to operate after those inspections. One of them was Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia.

“Anything brought up in our inspection report was corrected immediately,” said Erin Zabel, spokeswoman for the Virginia Beach clinic.

In all three reports, each violation was accompanied by an explanation from the clinic of how the deficiency was being corrected.