Two OH Abortion Businesses Await Court Decisions that Could Close One and Heavily Fine Another
By Cheryl Sullenger
Dayton, OH – Two Ohio abortion facilities are awaiting court rulings after hearings that could close one clinic and force another paying a hefty fine for mishandling a medical emergency.
The Ohio Department of Health ODH) is seeking to revoke the facility license for the Women’s Med Center, a late-term abortion facility in Kettering, Ohio, owned by the infamous late-term abortionist Martin Haskell. This facility, which has been operating for 35 years, will abort babies throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Haskell has claimed that he invented the inhumane and now illegal Partial Birth Abortion method.
At a hearing on Friday, attorneys for the ODH asked Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman to uphold their closure order since the Women’s Med Center failed to meet licensing requirements. It has been unable to maintain an acceptable transfer agreement with a local hospital.
The ODH began the process for revoking the Women’s Med Center’s abortion facility license in 2015. Judge Wiseman ruled in 2016 that the facility could remain open while the case was litigated.
The ODH successfully revoked the license for Haskell’s Sharonville abortion facility after another lengthy court battle. It continued operating by offering chemical abortions until late last year when that facility permanently closed.
No matter how this current Women’s Med Center case is decided, appeals are expected.
Meanwhile, in Toledo, the Capital Care Network of Toledo has appealed a $40,000 fine that was levied after the abortion facility mishandled a medical emergency on April 1, 2017.
Fearing that an abortion patient had suffered a perforated uterus (a potentially life-threatening condition), clinic staff loaded the woman into the cramped back seat of a private vehicle and dropped her off at a hospital emergency room. No ambulance was called.
At that time, Capital Care Network had no acceptable hospital transfer agreement in place and was litigating a closure order. While the abortion facility later obtained a transfer agreement, the facility still merited the hefty fine for not providing adequate care during a medical emergency.
Despite the fact that women have died from uterine perforations, the Capital Care Network insists that no medical emergency existed since the hospital determined that the patient had thankfully not suffered the catastrophic injury as suspected.
“The abortion clinic staff thought that this patient had suffered a uterine perforation when they stuffed her in the back of a compact car and kicked her to the curb at the emergency room,” said Newman. “What if she did have a perforation and was hemorrhaging internally? She could have died.”
This incident was first reported by Operation Rescue on September 7, 2017. One day later, the group received documents from the ODH in response to a four-month old public records request that supported Operation Rescue’s account of that incident and shed further light on the nature of the patient emergency and the callous attitude of the abortion business staff toward their critically injured patient.
“We hope that both the Kettering and the Toledo cases will be ruled favorably. The closure of Haskell’s late-term abortion business would be a huge victory. We wish the Toledo facility was in danger of closing as well, but we understand that a $40,000 fine will be tough for this clinic to pay,” said Newman. “We have worked to expose abuses at both of these facilities and look forward to the day that both are shut down permanently.”
Operation Rescue is watching these cases carefully and will update when decisions are available.