BREAKING NEWS: Haskell’s Attorneys Will Not Appeal Closure Order, Surgical Abortions to End Friday in Sharonville

By Cheryl Sullenger

sharonvilleCincinnati, OH — Attorneys for Martin Haskell’s Sharonville abortion facility have announced that they will not appeal a ruling issued last week by Judge Jerome Metz upholding the Ohio Department of Health’s closure order. Haskell must cease surgical abortions his Sharonville office by Friday, August 22, 2014.

“This is such a huge victory for all who respect life and the rule of law,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which worked with Greater Cincinnati Right to Life to expose Haskell’s abortion abuses. “Haskell had the attitude that he was above the law and deserved to operate under a different standard as everyone else. Today, the law has prevailed.”

Haskell operated for years under a variance issued by the ODH that allowed him to continue operating as long as he maintained an approved agreement with two physicians to supply hospital care for women injured during abortions done by Haskell in Sharonville. However, Haskell continually changed the agreement without notifying the ODH. The physicians he had agreements with were a troubled lot that case doubt on whether they could supply adequate hospital care for patients.

The ODH declined to renew Haskell’s variance in January and revoked his facility license. Haskell appealed the decision, but lost every step of the way.

Haskell has operated in the Cincinnati area for 32 years. Over the past 18 months, nearly half of Ohio’s abortion facilities have closed.

“When the authorities enforce the law, abortion clinics close,” said Newman. “This just shows that abortion facilities, including Haskell’s, operate at such a low standard that women are endangered at them every day. The state is fulfilling their duty to protect the public by shutting down abortion businesses that can’t comply with the law.”

Judge Upholds Order to Close Haskell’s Cincinnati Area Abortion Facility

This news is just in: Late-term abortionist Martin Haskell has lost a bid to overturn an Ohio Health Department order to close his facility because it does not meet minimum requirements for licensure. Below is a release from Greater Cincinnati Right to Life, which has been working with Operation Rescue to expose wrongdoing at that facility and close it down.

“Today is a victory for the rule of law and for women and their babies who have been subjected to practices that endanger them,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We hope that Haskell will respect the law and shut down his illegal abortion business. If he doesn’t, we pan to continue to work within the laws of Ohio to bring his dangerous abortion practice to an end.”

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Statement from Greater Cincinnati Right to Life:

August 15, 2014 (Cincinnati, OH): Today Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jerry Metz heard arguments from lawyers for abortionist Martin Haskell and the Attorney General on Lebanon Road Surgery Center vs. State of Ohio Department of Health.


Judge Metz concurred with Magistrate Michael Bachman and upheld the Ohio Department of Health’s January 2014 order to close the Sharonville, Ohio Lebanon Road Surgery Center (aka Women’s Med Center), for failing to have a written transfer agreement with a local hospital or a variance, i.e., exception, to cover patient emergencies.

Judge Metz also did not extend the stay of execution he approved for the abortion facility during the appeal process. This stay expires in five days.

Upon today’s decision, the case will no longer be heard in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, but Women’s Med Center attorneys may possibly appeal to the First Appellate District Court of Appeals.

Next Steps:

If the Women’s Med Center does not appeal to the First Appellate District Court of Appeals, the Women’s Med Center will be closed.

If the Women’s Med Center does appeal to the First Appellate District Court of Appeals within the next five days and obtains a stay of execution, it will seamlessly stay open. Or it could appeal to this court and seek and obtain a stay later.

“Judge Metz has now protected women’s health and safety by enforcing lawful medical safety requirements,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “We are cautiously optimistic, as we do not know whether Martin Haskell will appeal to the next court.”

Tuesday, August 12th, NARAL filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Women’s Med Center against the Ohio Department of Health, disputing ODH variance requirements. The lawsuit came just days before today’s hearing, as is still pending.

Federal Judge Endangers Women by Ruling Alabama’s Hospital Privilege Requirement Unconstitutional

Link to the ruling below!

By Cheryl Sullenger

Montgomery, AL — Judge Myron Thompson issued a 172-page opinion this morning ruling that the Alabama law that requires abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges in unconstitutional.

Thompson said that the rule created an “undue burden” on women seeking abortions, because that law would force three out of five abortion facilities in that state to close because abortionists at those facilities are unqualified to receive hospital privileges.

“Following Thompson’s flawed logic, he would rather keep open an abortion facility open – even if it was the likes of Kermit Gosnell and his filthy ‘House of Horrors’ – than close an abortion facility, no matter how dangerous it is for women. This puts the fabricated ‘right’ of an abortionist to operate whatever kind of shoddy, dangerous back-alley business he wants above the lives and health of women,” said Troy Newman President of Operation Rescue. “This ruling must be appealed by the state in the interest of protecting women from substandard practices that endanger their lives every day.”

Requiring abortionists to maintain hospital privileges ensures that patients receive continuity of care. Experts have testified in both Alabama and Mississippi that abortionists often call 911 in the event of an emergency, and leave it to emergency room staff, which seldom include an Ob/Gyn, to figure out the extent of a patient’s injuries or complications. This causes a delay in emergency care.

The hospital privilege requirement also ensures that abortionists meet certain medical standards, which is another layer of accountability that weeds out incompetent practitioners. “

Without this law, abortionists with documented histories of incompetence are allowed to continue inflicting their quackery upon unsuspecting women,” said Newman. “Thompson’s ruling reflects absolutely no compassion or concern for the protection of women from substandard operators, as states have a duty to do.”

Operation Rescue has documented abortion abuses in Alabama, including a facility in Birmingham that was hospitalizing women suffering complications inflicted upon them by untrained staff. Inspectors later discovered 76 pages of health and safety violations at that facility. Later, Operation Rescue joined with CEC for Life and Life Legal Defense Foundation in documenting the fact that the abortion facility continued to operate illegally. It was eventually shut down.

Other documented abuses at Alabama abortion facilities include:

Planned Parenthood in Mobile was cited for numerous violations including failing to follow up on patients complaining of complications.

Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery was cited for failing to follow infection-control protocols that had the potential of spreading infection or disease to multiple patients.

• The West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa was cited last year for multiple violations including failure to wash hands sanitize surfaces between patients.

• The Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville, which recently closed because its facility could not meet standards, employs abortionist Raymond Lopez who recently spent every weekend for six months in jail due to a court order in a domestic case. That facility’s plans to relocate next to a middle school have been put on hold.

• At Planned Parenthood in Birmingham, which recently closed under suspicious circumstances, employs abortionist Aqua Don E. Umoren, who is facing discipline for incompetence and negligence related to the incompetent abortion, which was done on a woman suffering an ectopic pregnancy that Umoren failed to diagnose with disastrous consequences to the patient. That case remains open.

Thompson based his decision in part on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision released last week that upheld a preliminary injunction that blocked similar hospital privilege requirements from being enforced in Mississippi. That decision was generally viewed as nonsensical by Operation Rescue and other pro-life groups.

A hospital privilege requirement passed last year in Texas was upheld by the Fifth Circuit and appeared not to have played a role in Judge Thompson’s decision.

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