Lawmakers seek answers about abortion doctor

A Michigan Senate panel is seeking answers from the state's licensing department over the handling of complaints against a Muskegon doctor who performed abortions.
AP Wire
May 1, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee called in officials from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to testify Tuesday after a TV station reported a potential conflict of interest between licensing boards and licensees.

Earlier this year, WOOD-TV reported that the chairman of the state Board of Medicine declined further investigation into complaints against Dr. Robert Alexander. He ran a Muskegon abortion clinic, and the board chairman previously worked as Alexander's supervisor.

State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, said lawmakers will be drafting legislation to ensure that more than one board member makes such decisions.

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