Hospital Agrees to Join with Dangerous, Deceptive Abortion Business to Keep Them Open

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Capital Care Network abortion facility in Toledo, Ohio.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Toledo, OH – A Toledo, Ohio, abortion facility has been saved from closure after ProMedica, a local hospital, agreed yesterday to enter into a transfer agreement with them, despite a public campaign led by the pro-life activist group Created Equal that opposed the agreement.

If approved, the transfer agreement is expected to avert an impending closure of the Capital Care Network (CCN), also known as the Toledo Women’s Center, after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled on February 6, 2018, that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) was within its rights to shut it down.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue stands in support of Created Equal’s campaign to close this facility, and believes it is now time to lobby the Ohio Department of Health to reject this transfer agreement based on a series of deceptions and even crimes perpetrated by CCN and/or its staff over the five years that the closure order was litigated.

Lengthy appeals

The ODH first notified the Capital Care Network of its intent to revoke their Abortion Facility License on August 2, 2013. At issue was CCN’s lack of compliance with a licensing regulation that required licensed abortion facilities to maintain a transfer agreement with a local hospital.

“The appeals process in Ohio takes so long that and allows so much leeway to the offender that this abortion facility, which was known to employ a known sex abuser and repeatedly failed health inspections, was allowed to continue operating even though it could never meet licensing requirements. It is shocking that women were placed in jeopardy by this chronic violator for so many years,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The appeals process in Ohio needs a complete overhaul. Right now, it is essentially worthless.”

From the beginning, the Capital Care Network defied the law and made a mockery of it.

Sham agreement with Michigan hospital

Since CCN was unable to obtain a transfer agreement with a Toledo area hospital, it decided to challenge the definition of “local.” the CCN entered into an agreement with an Ann Arbor, Michigan, hospital. In order to convince the Ohio Department of Health that the out-of-state hospital was “local,” or within the required 30 minutes of travel time, CCN told the Ohio Department of Health that they planned to helicopter women to that facility in the event of an emergency.

That argument was a complete sham perpetrated by the abortion facility, which fully understood that even if a helicopter was available, it would take over an hour to prepare it for flight, and even then, there was no place near CCN for it to land.

Mishandled medical emergency

CCN also argued that it never had need of an ambulance because its abortions were so safe. This proved to be another brazen falsehood.

On tips from local pro-life activists, Operation Rescue documented exactly how the CCN was handling medical emergencies. On April 1, 2017, one woman suffered what the CCN abortionist believed was an incomplete abortion with possible uterine and bowel perforations.

Instead of calling an ambulance, the woman suffering the life-threatening injuries was loaded into the back of an employee’s private vehicle, then dropped off at the Toledo Hospital’s emergency entrance.

CCN was fined $40,000 by the ODH for mishandling the medical emergency, yet this dangerous and deceptive practice still did not close the abortion facility.

“Capital Care Network was willing to endanger the life of a patient in order to hide the fact that abortions done there are not safe. This alone is despicable and should be enough to close them down,” said Newman.

Rogues Gallery of abortionists

CCN’s staff of abortionists over the years have been a regular “Rogues Gallery” of incompetents and criminals.

On November 10, 2014, months after the ODH notified the abortion facility of its intent to shut them down, CCN staff abortionist Thomas Michaelis was arrested and held without bail after federal grand jury indicted him on two criminal counts related to possessing and distributing child pornography. This was years after Michaelis was convicted of Attempted Gross Sexual Imposition, Voyeurism, and Public Indecency in 1991 for crimes involving minor girls who had come to his home to visit his 14-year-old daughter.

Abortionist David Burkons, who also worked at CCN, is currently serving a six-month suspension for prescribing dangerous narcotics to fourteen patients, including several friends, without noting the prescriptions in their medical charts. He also left blank, signed prescriptions for his employees to fill out for patients. He claimed that he did not understand that this practice was illegal.

In 2010, CCN’s current abortionist, Lucy Ann Nunnally, reported a malpractice judgement of over $200,000 to the Department of Health in Lansing, Michigan, where she has also worked.

Failed inspection reports

Capital Care Network has a documented history of failed inspection reports dating back to 2011. Citations have included:

• Failure to use proper disease and infection control.
• Incomplete medical records and charts.
• Unsanitary and unsafe conditions affecting patient safety.
• Improper handling of hazardous materials.
• Failure to properly sterilize surgical instruments.
• Medical staff incompetence.
• No RN present who was trained in life support in case of emergency.
• Medications unsecured.

“Given the reality of the chronically unsanitary conditions, dangerous practices, and use of deception, and five years of litigation, it is unbelievable that ProMedica has agreed to affiliate with this abortion dump,” said Newman. “It is equally unbelievable that the Department of Health will just let the Capital Care Network off the hook,” said Newman. “It seems there should be some consideration of past behavior when issuing a facility license. If any abortion facility deserves to be shut down, it is this one.”

Please contact ODH Director Lance Himes and tell him to reject Capital Care Network’s new transfer agreement and shut this dangerous abortion facility down.

Voice: (614) 466-2253
Email: Lance.Himes@odh.ohio.gov and Director@odh.ohio.gov

Abortion Business Denied Indiana Facility License for Submitting Deceptive Application

Whole Women Health Alliance failed to be of “reputable and responsible character.”


By Cheryl Sullenger

South Bend, Indiana – Indiana television station WNDU is reporting that the Indiana State Department of Health has denied an application for an abortion facility license submitted by Whole Women’s Health Alliance, a Texas based chain of abortion facilities.

WNDU also published a link to the Indiana State Department of Heath’s denial letter to the abortion chain.

According to that letter, Whole Women’s Health Alliance submitted an application an August 11, 2017, with the intent of opening an abortion facility in the community of South Bend. The supplemented that application with additional information on October 6 and December 8, 2017.

However, despite the supplemental information, the Department of Health found the information inadequate, and possibly deceptive. The denial letter stated in part:

In response to the Department’s request to list all of the abortion and health care facilities currently operated by WWHA, its parent, affiliate, and subsidiary organizations, WWHA failed to disclose, concealed, or omitted information related to additional clinics.

Based on the Department’s review, the Commissioner finds WWHA failed to meet the requirement that the Applicant is of reputable and responsible character and supporting documentation provided inaccurate statements of information. . .You are hereby notified that the Commissioner has Denied the license application of WWHA dated August 11, 2017 (supplemented on October 6, 2017 and December 8, 2017).

Whole Women’s Health Alliance attempted to expand into South Bend after a troubled abortion facility owned and operated by disgraced abortionist Ulrich Klopfer was forced to close after Indiana Right to Life organizations filed complaints alleging Klopfer failed to report suspected child abuse in a timely manner as required by law. As a result, Klopfer was criminally charged in two counties and his medical license was suspended.

“This is certainly a huge victory for the hard-working pro-life groups in Indiana, and for women and babies who will now be protected from Whole Women’s Health’s known shoddy abortion practices,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Whole Women’s Health facilities in Texas came under scrutiny after Operation Rescue uncovered numerous violations during an investigation. Because of Operation Rescue complaints, two Whole Women’s Health facilities in Austin and McAllen were heavily fined for discarding recognizable human remains from abortions into an open, overflowing dumpster, and improperly disposing of other remains through Stericycle, which was also fined.

Also, two Whole Women’s Health abortionists, Alan H. Molson and Robert E. Hanson, were fined thousands of dollars for violations discovered as a result of Operation Rescue complaints.

Since then, Whole Women’s Health facilities have failed health and safety inspections, raising concerns about safety and sanitation at its facilities.

Whole Women’s Health now operates four Texas abortion facilities in Austin, Ft. Worth, McAllen, and San Antonio. It also runs facilities in Baltimore and Minneapolis. An attempted expansion into Las Cruces, New Mexico, in 2014, failed when the abortion business was unceremoniously closed for lack of business in January 2017.

WWH is also operating abortion offices in Peoria, Illinois, which it took over from another abortion provider in 2015, and in Charlottesville, Virginia, where it acquired the now defunct Charlottesville Medical Center for Women last year.

“We have every reason to believe that wherever Whole Women’s Health operates, health and safety code violations are taking place that endanger the public,” said Newman. “We are grateful to the Indiana Department of Health for denying this abortion business a license because we know it will save lives.”

Read IDOH denial letter to WWHA