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Press Release: New Report Shows Late-term Abortionist Martin Haskell Above the Law and Dangerous

Operation Rescue also seeks women who have had abortions in Ohio

Contact: Troy Newman, 316-841-1700 or Cheryl Sullenger, 316-516-3034.

Dayton, Ohio – Operation Rescue has released a three-part report documenting how late-term abortionist Martin Haskell has used his considerable influence over years of legal wrangling in order to keep his Dayton abortion clinic open even though it does not meet the safety requirements prescribed by law.

Haskell is most famous for being the first to describe the partial birth abortion method, one he falsely claims to have invented.

Part One of the report recounts the arduous legal battle to compel Haskell’s compliance only to end with the state granting Haskell a “variance” from having to comply with laws requiring clinics to obtain transfer agreements with local hospitals. To this day, Haskell has no hospital privileges in the Dayton area, and no hospital will grant him a transfer agreement.

Part Two of the report documents with actual tapes of 9-1-1 calls made earlier this year, that his Dayton area abortion clinics remains unsafe. It further exposes accomplices in the Dayton area that enable the Haskell clinic to remain open in spite of the dangers to women.

Part Three documents connections between Haskell and his wife, Valerie, to social institutions and politicians who may have helped cover for Haskell over the years. It reveals a shocking connection between the Haskells and former Sen. John Glenn, who accepted Haskell campaign contributions then went on to defend partial birth abortions on the floor of the Senate and nominate a Federal Court judge who was the only judge ever to rule in Haskell’s favor.

“If Haskell is considered by every hospital in the Dayton area to be unqualified to treat patients at their facilities, then he shouldn’t be allowed to practice at all,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, recently named by CNN the “abortionists’ No. 1 foe.”

Operation Rescue also outlines a three-point action plan for using peaceful, legal means to stop Haskell’s Dayton area abortion clinic from continuing illegal operations.

“This is the first step in a plan to protect women from Haskell’s dangerous abortion operation. We are committed to helping the people of Ohio rid their state of this scourge,” said Newman.

“We are also seeking to speak with women who have had abortions at Haskell clinics in the past year. We encourage anyone with information that could lead to the closure of Haskell’s clinic to contact us immediately.”

Read the report:
Part 1; Part Two; Part 3

Overdosed Woman Aborted Without Consent at Haskell’s Late-term Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Dayton, OH — New documents just acquired by Operation Rescue show that the Women’s Med Center, a late-term abortion facility in Dayton, Ohio, committed violations of Ambulatory Surgical Facility rules by aborting a late-term pregnancy on a 31-year old woman who was so impaired by an overdose of street drugs that she could not give her consent.

The owner and medical director of the Women’s Med Center (WMC) is the notorious third-trimester abortion specialist Martin Haskell.

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Operation Rescue was notified local activists at the time of the incident, which occurred on June 11, 2015, and was provided photos of the ambulance that responded to the WMC’s call for emergency medical assistance.

Public 911 audio recording obtained by Operation Rescue showed that a WMC employee called for help with a patient who was suffering from an overdose of street drugs. There was no mention in the call that a late-term abortion was involved. Because of that, it appeared that the incident was not abortion-related.

However, a deficiency report released by the Ohio Department of Heath last month shows that a complaint was immediately filed against the WMC, presumably by someone associated with the hospital where the patient was taken. This prompted an inspection the following day, on June 12, 2015.

During that inspection, the WMC was cited for “failure to ensure a patient was allowed to refuse or withdraw consent for treatment when her physical and cognitive condition precluded her from participating in her treatment.”

An inspector from the Department of Health was given access to the WMC medical record of the hospitalized woman, known as “Patient 1,” and recorded details to describe what happened to the woman.

On June 10, 2015, Patient 1 reported to the Women’s Medical Center for preparation for an abortion, which included the placement of “a dilator.” It is routine for women who are about to undergo late-term abortions in the second trimester or later to have dilators, known as laminaria, inserted into their cervixes. These dilators are meant to expand the cervical opening large enough so that surgical instruments can be inserted and dismembered parts of the baby can be removed.

After the dilator insertion, Patient 1 was given six tablets of Percocet (a narcotic pain reliever) and told to return the following day.

A nurse’s note dated June 11, 2015, read:

Patient arrived to facility in care of friend and was noted to be leaning on friend, walking slowly … Patient speech noted to be slow and slurred. Patient unable to keep eyes open and noted to be twitching when open. Patient unable to hold conversation.

The patient was put into a wheelchair, but was unable to hold her head up. One staff member told the inspector that the patient displayed signs of recreational drug use.

The abortionist’s note concerning Patient 1’s condition stated that she “arrived at the office in a somulent state; responsive to strong stimuli; but otherwise not able to walk, or to make coherent conversation.”

According to Patient 1’s friend, before arriving at the abortion facility, the woman had ingested two Soma and several Percocet along with what was believed to be Suboxone and heroin.

Instead of calling 911 at that time for the obviously overdosed patient, the physician on duty consulted two other physicians. One was the facility’s Medical Director, Martin Haskell, the notorious late-term abortionist. The other was a designated transfer physician who is contracted to supply emergency hospital care for WMC patients since none of the WMC abortionists qualify for hospital privileges.

PullQuote-WMC Forced AbortionThe deficiency report stated, “The physician note dated 06/11/2015 revealed the decision was made to do the procedure and planned for post procedure admission to the hospital with a diagnosis of ‘suspected recreational drug overdose.’”

The abortion procedure was done on Patient 1, apparently without further medication, without her consent, and most likely without her knowledge given her impaired state of consciousness, making this a forced abortion.

During the procedure, records show the patient experienced semi-consciousness and low blood pressure.

It was only after the abortion was completed that 911 was called and Patient 1 was given Narcan, a drug to counteract the effects of opiate drugs.

“Leaving out the fact that Patient 1 had just undergone a late-term abortion procedure and other important details about her condition put the EMS workers at a disadvantage when responding to the call for help,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Late-term abortions are expensive. For Haskell and his staff, the abortion fee came first before the safety or life of their patient.”

It is currently unknown what kind of repercussions were experienced by WMC staff for committing a risky abortion on an overdosed patient who could not consent to the procedure. However, the facility remains open and there is no evidence that the Ohio Medical Board has held Haskell or the suspected abortionist, Roslyn Kade, responsible in any way.

Operation Rescue will follow up with this developing situation and report any update as they come in.

Read the full Women’s Med Center Deficiency Report

Ohio Health Dept. Acts to Shutter Haskell’s Late-Term Abortion Mill Amid Legislative Pressure

By Cheryl Sullenger

Dayton, OH – The Ohio Department of Health has notified the Women’s Med Center that its two-year old application for a variance has been denied. Women’s Med Center had sought to renew its variance that exempted it from a law that requires abortion facilities to maintain written hospital transfer agreements.

The Women’s Med Center is an abortion facility operated in the Dayton suburb of Kettering, Ohio, by the notorious late-term abortionist Martin Haskell. Abortions take place there throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Operation Rescue has documented numerous medical emergencies at the Women’s Med Center and exposed its reliance on variances since none of its abortionists hold hospital privileges and no hospital will enter into a written transfer agreement with the abortion business.

The Department of Health letter dated June 25, 2015, which was released Friday by Ohio Right to Life, gives Haskell 30 days to provide an acceptable written transfer agreement or face revocation of his facility license, which would force his infamous late-term abortion clinic to shut down.

The Department of Health objected to his submitted agreement that listed Wright State Physicians Women’s Health Care as the group that would provide emergency hospital care for Haskell’s botched abortion patients, since Haskell and his two hired abortionists cannot qualify for hospital privileges.

The letter also noted that the hospital that Haskell said would be providing emergency care submitted a letter to the Department of Health indicating that they objected to being named in Haskell’s variance and had made no agreements with the Women’s Med Center.

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One of the physicians who was listed on one of Haskell’s earlier variances, Lawrence Amesse, has withdrawn from the variance agreement, leaving just two physicians, Sheela Barhan, and Jan Duke, to treat Haskell’s hospitalized patients. The Health Department noted that this arrangement is inadequate to insure emergency patients receive proper care.

The Ohio-based pro-life group Created Equal had conducted a public awareness campaign using thousands of postcards and the Truth Truck, which successfully exposed the connection between Wright State Physicians and Haskell’s abortion business in the weeks prior to the Health Department’s decision to deny the variance.

The Health Department’s variance denial took place as the Ohio Legislature attached two abortion-related provisions to the state budget. One would force the Department of Health to act within 60 days to approve pending license renewals or shut down the clinics that cannot comply with the law.

Ohio law requires surgical abortion facilities to have their ambulatory surgical center licenses renewed annually, but Operation Rescue has documented that 7 out of 8 surgical abortion facilities in Ohio have been allowed to continue operations even though their licenses have been expired and renewal “pending” for months. The Women’s Med Center has been operating on a license that expired on August 31, 2012.

The second provision attached to the Ohio budget would require abortion clinics to have written transfer agreements with hospitals within 30 miles of their facilities, clarifying the previous language that required transfer agreements to be “local.”

According to the Toledo Blade, the budget along with the new abortion provisions is set to take effect on Wednesday.

This provision would affect primarily the Toledo Women’s Center, which was unable to obtain a hospital transfer agreement anywhere in Ohio. Instead, it exploited ambiguities in the law by making an agreement with a hospital in Michigan fifty miles away. The Department of Health rejected this agreement as not being “local.”

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Passage of the provision defining “local” as within 30 miles of the facility could eventually close the Toledo clinic.

“We are encouraged that the Ohio Department is taking steps to rein in these unsafe abortion facilities, but it is a shame that this wasn’t done months ago,” said Newman. “If a clinic cannot meet licensing requirements, it should close. Plain and simple.”

Haskell has tangled with the Ohio Department before and lost. The Operation Rescue contributed to local pro-life efforts to shut down his Sharonville facility in the suburbs of Cincinnati. After lengthy legal maneuverings, his facility license for the Sharonville clinic was revoked and Haskell was forced to halt surgical abortions there last August. He has continued to provide medication abortions in Sharonville, but has since put that office up for sale.