Kettering, Ohio – A hearing at the end of the week may determine the fate of a late-term abortion mill in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, that has been operating without a license for three weeks.
On February 27, District Court Judge Algenon Marbley issued a temporary restraining order, allowing The Women’s Health Center, owned by late-term abortionist Martin Haskell, to remain open. Marbley said that some women had already begun the multiple-day late abortion process, and that that the abortion clinic had to stay open so that the procedures could be completed.
Haskell’s clinic license was terminated in early February after five years of legal wrangling. Ohio law requires that all out-patient clinics, including those doing abortions, have agreements with local hospitals for patient transfer in the event of complications. No area hospital would make such an agreement with Haskell, who has a long history of serious abortion complications.
“One of the reasons abortionists across the nation believe they are above the law is because states rarely enforce them. The fact that it took five years of violation for the Ohio Department of Health to revoke his clinic license, and that he is being allowed to operate illegally even now, only serves to encourage other abortionists to disregard laws in their states,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
“This is refusal to enforce the law has created a women’s health crisis. Not having an arrangement with a local hospital places women in serious jeopardy. Each abortion done at Haskell’s mill is like playing Russian Roulette with the women’s lives. This illegal abortion mill must be closed, if laws are to have any meaning,” Newman said.
Another hearing is expected to be held on Friday.