One of Haskell’s ER Docs Declared Negligent in Kentucky, Faces Discipline in Ohio

Cincinnati, OH — Documents obtained by Operation Rescue reveal that an obstetrician, Walter T. Bowers II, who has been accepted by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to offer emergency hospital care for botched abortion patients of late-term abortionist Martin Haskell and his associates, has been disciplined in Kentucky and banned from the practice of obstetrics for five years. He also faces further discipline in Ohio.

Bowers was named in the ODH variance because Haskell and other abortionists in his employment lack hospital privileges as required by law. The variance allowed Haskell’s late-term abortion mill in Sharonville to stay in business as long as two other physicians agreed to provide hospital care whenever Haskell or his associates inflict injuries on abortion patients.

In January, 2011, Bowers was placed on five years of probation and ordered to cease the practice of obstetrics after the gross mismanagement of a wanted pregnancy resulted in a dead child. Bowers settled a claim with the parents for $250,000. Bowers has also been ordered not to perform any obstetric procedure and take additional training classes.

A review of five other medical charts from his Kentucky practice indicated that Bowers failed to meet the standard of care for each of those five patients.

The Medical Board in Kentucky found that Bowers conduct “boarders on gross ignorance and is malpractice.” His treatment of patients was “below minimum standards and constitutes gross negligence.”

On May 11, 2011, the State Medical Board of Ohio issued a letter to Bowers stating that it intended to determine whether it should also discipline Bowers based on his negligent behavior in Kentucky. It is common for state medical boards to impose discipline for conduct in another state. Bowers was given 30 days to request a hearing, but the records do not indicate if he ever did.

“This new information about Bowers incompetence reinforces our belief that the ODH acted improperly and with poor judgment in expanding Haskell’s variance to include Bowers,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

“Now, after a woman has been seriously injured by Haskell’s abortionists, who cannot meet the legal standards of Ohio’s laws, she is rushed off to a hospital where Bowers awaits to inflict his substandard brand of medicine upon her. This presents completely unacceptable risks to women. In order to restore public confidence in the Department and protect the public, the ODH must rescind Haskell’s variance immediately.”

Read Bower’s Disciplinary Documents

Background

Contact the ODH and ask them to repeal Haskell’s variance:

Dr. Theodore Wymyslo, Ohio Department of Health
E-mail: Director@odh.ohio.gov
Phone: 614-466-2253