Abortionist with Violent Criminal Conviction Reprimanded in Michigan on Drug Violations

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Lansing, MI — Abortionist Martin Ruddock has been fined by the Michigan Board of Medicine and Board of Pharmacy and fined a total of $1,500 for administering sedation to abortion patients without a valid Drug Enforcement Agency license. The Board of Pharmacy also issued a formal Reprimand.

In addition, Ruddock admitted that he pre-signed non-controlled prescription pads, a practice that is prohibited, but told the Board of Medicine that he discontinued the practice once he came under investigation for improper drug practices in Michigan.

The offenses stemmed from conduct during his employment at the Scotsdale Women’s Center in Detriot, Michigan during September 24 through October 16, 2013. There, he conducted abortions using sedation on women even though he had no authority to administer the drugs.

Pro-life activists who discovered his failure to obtain the proper DEA licenses filed the original complaint that has now resulted in discipline and fines.

“Whenever an abortionist is disciplined, it puts his bad conduct on the record and further documents the cavalier relationship that abortionists have with the law. Anytime they can play fast and loose, they will. Ruddock is a prime example of that,” said Troy Newman President of Operation Rescue.

While this discipline amounts to hardly more than a slap on the wrist, it is just the latest in Ruddock’s long history of sloppy abortion practices and even criminal conduct.

Ruddock was a well-established abortionist in Cleveland, Ohio, before being forced to shut down his abortion business in 2013 when he could not meet state clinic licensing standards. Since then, he has been operating in the neighboring state of Michigan.

Ruddock’s Ohio abortion business was continually in hot water with regulators.

His clinic was temporarily closed in 2006, after Ohio Department of Health inspectors discovered that the clinic was not meeting even the most rudimentary of medical standards, such as taking a patient’s temperature and blood pressure before risky late-term abortion surgeries.

In September 2012, Ruddock appeared outside his abortion clinic during a medical emergency wearing what appeared to be a butcher’s apron. He was overseeing the transfer from his abortion clinic to an awaiting ambulance of a 26-year old second-trimester abortion patient suffering from a high fever and disorientation. A recording of the 911 call placed by Ruddock revealed his rude treatment of the dispatcher who was trying to assist him.

Five weeks later, an ambulance transported a 30-year old woman suffering lacerations and heavy bleeding after Ruddock botched her abortion at 22 weeks. A 911 call recording obtained by Operation Rescue indicated she was “bleeding bad” and passing large blood clots larger than a 50 cent piece.

In 2011, Ruddock was sued by a former patient after he refused to stop a painfully inserting laminaria in preparation for a second trimester abortion. Her suit claims Ruddock violated Ohio’s informed consent and 24-hour waiting period then lied to her when he told her he could not stop the abortion because her amniotic fluid sack had been broken. She immediately sought care with a legitimate physician who removed the laminaria and informed her that there was no break in her amniotic fluid sack. In due time, she delivered a healthy baby.

Ruddock also has a criminal record. In a March 20, 2000, letter to the Ohio Medical Board, Ruddock admitted to his 1998 arrest on assault charges after he was involved in a road rage incident.

According to Ruddock’s side of the story, he became upset when the windshield of his private vehicle was broken by an unknown individual. Angry, Ruddock began to drive his vehicle to a car dealership for repairs when he became involved in an altercation with random motorist driving a van. According to Ruddock, who attempted to argue that he was acting out of fear, jumped out of his car, confronted a passenger then proceeded to smash one of the van’s windows.

He pled guilty to 5th degree misdemeanor assault, was placed on one-year of probation and ordered to pay restitution.

“No staff member or patient is aware of this event,” Ruddock stated as he attempted to portray himself in the most positive light possible. He continued to make excuses for his violent behavior while throwing himself on the mercy of the Board in an attempt to keep his medical license.

“Patients need to be aware of Ruddock’s bad temper, violent behavior, rudeness and sloppy abortion practices, understanding that they could be his next victim,” said Newman. “When you look at Ruddock’s background as a whole, it paints a grim picture of an unpleasant man that is prone to carelessness that places others at risk in his professional and personal lives. In my opinion, he is a dangerous person who should not be allowed to practice medicine at all.”

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View extensive documentation of these and other misdeeds on Ruddock’s prolife page at AbortionDocs.org.

SPLIT: Supreme Court Temporarily Stays Enforcement of Texas Abortion Law with 5-4 Vote

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Late Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a brief two-paragraph statement blocking enforcement of two provisions of a 2013 Texas abortion law until the Court can decide if it will hear the case.

The statement, issued by Justice Antonin Scalia, noted that the decision to issue the temporary stay was a 5-4 vote, with himself, Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, and Justice Clarence Thomas voting to deny the stay.

The ruling means that enforcement of facility safety regulations and a requirement that abortionists maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their facilities that was supposed to begin on July 1, will be further delayed.

This will allow six of the remaining sixteen Texas abortion facilities to stay open that have failed to comply with the Texas abortion law, known as HB2.*

“We are disappointed in the split decision to keep dangerous abortion facilities open when it is a proven fact that they cannot comply with common-sense safety laws. This places women in unnecessary jeopardy, especially when complications to abortions arise as they do so often,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “However, as hard as it is to see babies die unnecessarily while their mothers are exploited due to this stay, we are confident that the Court will ultimately uphold the Texas abortion law.”

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A study published in July, 2014, revealed that after portions of HB2 went into effect in 2013, abortions dropped an impressive 13% the following year.

“When abortion clinics close, lives are saved,” said Newman.

Abortion businesses are now seeking ways to exploit the Supreme Court stay to reopen several abortion clinics that were previously closed.

“We may have gotten more than we even asked for,” Amy Hagstrom Miller told ABC News. Hagstrom Miller, who operates the Whole Woman’s Health abortion chain based in Texas, is exploring ways to reopen her shuttered clinics in Austin and Beaumont, although she admits that action might not be feasible for financial reasons, especially since the Court’s stay is only temporary.

“Abortionists are forever seeking to exploit loopholes or read things into laws and rulings that aren’t there so they can keep their grisly killing operations raking in the money,” said Newman. “This stay only maintains the current status quo in Texas. It does not roll back anything that has already gone into effect.”

The Supreme Court has now begun its summer recess. No further action is expected until fall at the earliest when the Court is expected to decide whether to hear the case. If the Court declines to hear it, the stay would be automatically vacated and the clinics that are in non-compliance would be forced to immediately close.

If the Court opts to hear the case, the clinics would be allowed to stay open pending a final ruling from the Court.

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*Note: Mainstream media outlets are reporting that there are 19 remaining abortion facilities in Texas, but this number is in error. Operation Rescue’s numbers are accurate and a listing of Texas abortion clinics can be viewed at AbortionDocs.org.

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.