Operation Rescue Urges Ohio Gov. Kasich to Sign the Heartbeat Bill

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbus, OH – For five years and against stiff opposition – sometimes from within the pro-life camp – Janet Folger Porter has worked with the Ohio Legislature to pass a unique bill that would prevent abortion when the heartbeat of a pre-born baby can be detected, generally at six weeks gestation. That bill would essentially end all but a very few early abortions in Ohio.

Yesterday, for the first time, the Ohio Senate passed the Unborn Heartbeat Protection law, which was previously approved by the House as it has been several times before.

Now the groundbreaking law goes to the desk of Republican Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

“We urge Gov. Kasich to sign the Heartbeat Bill as soon as possible,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It is what the Ohio Legislature wants and it is want the people want, must most importantly, it will save countless lives from a barbarically brutal death by abortion. Not signing this live-saving legislation is simply unthinkable.”

But Kasich’s signature may not be a sure thing. In the past, he as indicated that he thought the Heartbeat Bill, as it is known, was too risky a gambit that could not pass constitutional muster.

However, the political climate has abruptly changed with the election of Donald J. Trump for President, even in Kasich’s state where Ohioans handed Trump a nine-point victory. Trump pledged to implement a courageous pro-life agenda during his administration that includes appointing conservative, pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

What seemed impossible before is now a very viable opportunity to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

“If the Heartbeat Bill is challenged, by the time it gets to the Supreme Court level, there could be an all new dynamic in the Court’s composition that would likely view life-protecting legislation with approval,” said Newman. “The opportunity to save thousands of lives each year is certainly worth the cost of litigating this law to the Supreme Court.”

Operation Rescue is a long-time supporter of the Heartbeat Bill. In 2011, when it was first introduced in Ohio, Newman spoke at a rally at the Ohio statehouse in support of its passage organized by the indefatigable Porter. In 2013, when the Kansas Legislature had its best chance of passing its own Heartbeat Bill, Newman and the rest of Operation Rescue’s staff were joined by Porter at the Kansas Capitol where they attended hearings and lobbied hard for its passage.

Newman has a message for Ohio’s governor that he hope will be heard loud and clear: “It’s time to put the nay-saying aside and push boldly forward to protect the pre-born, knowing that the winds of change are blowing in our direction. Gov. Kasich, I urge you to sign the Heartbeat Bill today!”

No 911: Abortion Businesses’ Desire to Cover-Up is Put Above the Lives of Patients

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Two recent medical emergencies, one in Cleveland, Ohio, and the other in Detroit, Michigan, have spotlighted the increased desire of abortion facilities to cover-up the seriousness of patient injuries. In both cases, no 911 call was placed, which is the quickest way to get emergency help.

Instead, both abortion businesses chose to delay urgent medical care for their patients by phoning private ambulance companies to request emergency treatment and transport. Private ambulances take longer to respond to emergencies than those dispatched through the 911 system.

But the private ambulance companies are also not subject to FOIA requests, allowing abortion clinic personnel to keep details of botched abortions and even patient deaths from the public.

The first incident took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Preterm, a Cleveland abortion facility responsible for at least one patient death. It was a 911 call placed from that abortion business on March 21, 2014, that alerted Operation Rescue that Lakisha Wilson had suffered a fatal abortion at Preterm.

Numerous other medical emergencies at Preterm have been documented by Operation Rescue.

However, this time, Preterm called a Donald Martin & Son’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit to provide emergency care and transport an African American female. According to Fred Sokol, a pro-life activist who witnessed the woman on a gurney as she was loaded into the private ambulance, she appeared to have been visibly pregnant, indicating at least the possibility she suffered serious complications from a second-trimester abortion.

Operation Rescue checked for 911 records, but there were none.

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The second incident took place at the Summit Medical Center in Detroit, on Saturday, December 3, 2016, shortly before 9 a.m. A medical transport van from Rapid Response arrived to transport a patient to a hospital emergency room, according to Lynn Mills, a pro-life activist who posted news of the incident on her Facebook page.

This appears to be the first time that Summit abortion facility has used a private ambulance service rather than calling for a quicker response from 911. As with the Preterm incident, 911 records related to this medical emergency were available.

Summit has a long history of injuring patients during abortions. One abortionist known to work at Summit, Reginald Sharpe, was responsible for the death of at least one abortion patient in January, 2008. That woman suffered a fatal uterine perforation and other injuries.

“More and more we are seeing abortion businesses bypassing the 911 emergency system to cover up the seriousness of patient injuries. This is placing women – many of which suffer life-threatening abortion complications – at greater risk due to the delay in arrival and transport time,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This shows that the Abortion Cartel will do anything to keep up the false appearance that abortion is safe, while shielding obviously incompetent abortionists from the consequences of injuring or killing women.”

Ohio Department of Health Revokes Late-term Abortion Facility’s Operating License

The Department of Health has revoked the facility license for the Women's Med Center, a late-term abortion facility in Dayton, OH.

The Department of Health has revoked the facility license for the Women’s Med Center, a late-term abortion facility in Dayton, OH.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Dayton, OH – The Ohio Department of Health has revoked the Ambulatory Surgical Center license of the Women’s Med Center, a late-term abortion facility located in Dayton, Ohio, owned by the nationally known late-term abortion pioneer Martin Haskell.

Operation Rescue obtained a copy of the revocation order issued on November 30, 2016, which gives the abortion facility 15 days to halt surgical abortions. The facility also has the right to appeal within 15 days of the order, which the facility has already indicated it will do.

Once the Women’s Med Center stops surgical abortions, it will leave six surgical abortion facilities in a state that had twelve surgical facilities as late as 2013. These closures have resulted in a steady decrease in abortions in Ohio, according to the latest statistics.

The Women’s Med Center in Dayton is known for providing abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy using a modified version of the now outlawed “partial birth abortion” method that Haskell is credited in part with developing.

The Ohio Department of Health revoked the facility license after the Women’s Med Center failed to maintain a hospital transfer agreement, as required by law, and rejected a variance renewal application as insufficient.

Haskell had long operated on a variance that allowed him to replace the transfer agreement with an arrangement with local physicians who would provide hospital care for women who suffered serious complications from abortions. That variance expired in August, 2012.

An application for renewal of the variance was made on November 20, 2013. The Ohio Department of Health allowed the facility to remain operating while it took three years to consider renewing it. After a series of appeals and hearings, it was finally recommended that the Women’s Med Center variance application be denied and its facility license revoked.

Jennifer Branch, an attorney representing the Women’s Med Center, blamed the pro-life group Created Equal, for the variance denial. The Department of Health had required that four physicians with hospital privileges remain on call, but the facility could never get that many physicians to agree. Created Equal launched a campaign dissuade doctors from aiding Haskell’s abortion business that included post cards, public outreaches, and a large panel Truth Truck exposing those who had worked with Haskell in the past.

“We congratulate Created Equal and its leader, Mark Harrington, for the success of their campaign and for this great victory. Doctors will sometimes become tacitly involved with abortions as long as no one knows they are doing it, but once their participation becomes known, most physicians back away because they do not want their reputations tarnished by an association with abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “While we understand that a lengthy appeal process is still ahead, we are confident that the Women’s Med Center will eventually be forced to comply with the law.”

The need for a hospital transfer agreement was more than evident in the wake of several medical emergencies that have required emergency transport and hospitalization of Women’s Med Center abortion patients over the past few years. In August, 2016, Operation Rescue documented one case where a patient was given a late-term abortion without her consent before being transferred to the hospital by ambulance.

Another of Haskell’s abortion facilities, the Women’s Med Center located in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville, Ohio, also lost its facility license in 2014 after two hospitals revoked hospital privileges for Haskell and his associate, Roslyn Kade. At the Sharonville location, Haskell continues to conduct early medication abortions, which do not require a facility license in Ohio.