Two Late-Term Abortion Clinics Close Down In Ohio

10/16/13. Ohio Officials Close Late-Term Abortion Business That Broke State Law. Steven Ertelt,

“Officials in Ohio have closed a late-term abortion business that broke state law and put women’s health at risk by not following state laws requiring abortion practitioners to have admitting privileges at a local hospital to help women who are injured by botched abortions.

That failure to obtain a transfer agreement, which has been an issue for years for the abortion facility in question, played a key role in shutting down the abortion clinic run by the abortion practitioner credited with making the partial-birth abortion procedure a household name.

Today, Ohio Right to Life obtained the Ohio Department of Health’s Report and Recommendation regarding the revocation of the license of Lebanon Road Surgery Center, an abortion clinic near Cincinnati. A state health examiner affirmed the order to revoke the license after this abortion clinic, operated by the notorious late-term abortionist Martin Haskell, failed to obtain either a transfer agreement or a variance

The Lebanon Road Surgery Center is the most recent of five Ohio abortion clinics closed or slated to close. This news comes less than 48 hours after Ohio Right to Life revealed that another late-term abortionist closed his clinic in Cleveland.

“We are gratified to see yet another late-term abortionist shutting down,” said Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life. “As a result of this Health Department order, Martin Haskell, a strong proponent and former practitioner of the controversial and deadly partial-birth abortion procedure, will no longer be able to abort children and jeopardize women’s health in Hamilton County.”

According to Ohio law, Lebanon Road Surgery Center exists as an Ambulatory Surgical Facility and because of this legal status, the clinic is not a full-service medical facility. To operate legally, Lebanon Road Surgery Center must have a transfer agreement with a full-service hospital to handle all cases of abortion complications against the mother. In the case that an abortion facility is unable to acquire a transfer agreement, it can apply for a variance (exception). Lebanon Road Surgery Center failed to obtain either.

“Simply put, the southwest Ohio medical community chooses not to do business with this late term abortion provider and consequently, Haskell cannot operate his abortion business legally,” continued Gonidakis. “Undeniably, the fewer abortions Haskell can execute, the safer Ohio’s women and children will be.”

For years Haskell has operated only with the help of a variance issued by the Ohio Department of Health that allows Haskell to skirt the hospital requirement. He currently has no hospital privileges. Instead, he has an agreement with two physicians – to provide hospital care in the event of a woman suffers a medical emergency at his abortion clinic. At least one physician that Haskell has used in the past had a history of gross negligence and had been ordered to halt the performance of all obstetric procedures.

Operation Rescue has documented four medical emergencies at Haskell’s two Ohio abortion clinics, two of which occurred just last year, creating serious concerns for patient safety.

Ohio Right to Life offers special thanks to Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati and Elizabeth’s New Life Center for all of their due diligence in ensuring the abortion industry follows state laws and health regulations. Together, the pro-life leaders will continue to ensure that the Lebanon Road Surgery Center follows Ohio law and does not operate without a license.

Ohio Right to Life thanks Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, and Vivian Koob, Executive Director of Elizabeth’s New Life Center, for their pro-life leadership in the Greater Cincinnati area.

“Countless people have worked and prayed for the closing of this abortion facility, and will continue to do so,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “And Ohio Right to Life has provided invaluable support, assistance, and leadership in this matter.”

She told LifeNews: “Hamilton County is the third highest county for abortion deaths in the state. Three abortion centers have already closed in Ohio this year, and the goal is to soon add Greater Cincinnati’s abortion providers to this number.”

To read the Ohio Department of Health’s Report and Recommendation, click here.”

10/14/13. Abortion Clinic in Ohio Closes Down Thanks to Late-term Abortion Ban. Steven Ertelt,

“Another abortion clinic in Ohio has shut down, the state’s leading pro-life group informed LifeNews today, thanks in part to the state’s law prohibiting abortions late in pregnancy.

Today, Ohio Right to Life confirmed that the Cleveland Center for Women’s Health, owned by late-term abortionist Martin Ruddock, has officially closed. This is the third abortion clinic in Ohio to close its doors in the past six months.

“The fact that this late-term abortionist closed down and moved out of this state demonstrates that common sense pro-life legislation saves lives,” said Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life. “Ohioans overwhelming oppose late-term abortions and reject these despicable practices by so-called doctors like Martin Ruddock and the abortion industry.”

Abortionist Martin Ruddock in an undated picture

Abortionist Martin Ruddock has a history of running afoul of state health regulations. Upon inspection in 2006, Ruddock’s clinic was cited by the Ohio Department of Health for failing to meet basic health standards, such as checking a patient’s vitals before performing a late-term abortion.

“It appears that Martin Ruddock had a consistent track record for disregarding health standards and putting women’s lives in danger,” says Gonidakis. “Women are safer today in Cuyahoga County, because this abortion clinic is closed. We hope that more abortion clinics will close, innocent lives will be saved, and that the abortion industry will continue to be exposed for what it truly is,” says Gonidakis.

A woman was rushed to the hospital last November following a botched abortion at the clinic.

The abortion clinic was forced to temporarily close in 2006 after numerous health violations.

State officials forced an abortion business in Cleveland to close after inspectors found numerous health and safety violations. They found more than a dozen problems at the Center for Women’s Health on the city’s east side, which prompted officials to reject the center’s request for a new state license.

In June 2006, the Ohio Department of Health said CWH did not have a local transfer agreement that would allow it to bring women to a local hospital in cases of botched abortions and other medical emergencies.

The state also said the abortion business failed to meet basic standards for medical care.

Roy Croy, a state health department official who works to oversee ambulatory and surgical care facilities told the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, “[There were] six to seven patients where there was no record that their temperature or blood pressure had been taken before the [abortion].”

“These are things that should be done before you start surgery,” he said.

Martin Ruddock, who runs the abortion facility, would not agree to an interview request from the Plain Dealer.

Although other abortion facilities in Cleveland do more abortions, the Center for Women’s Health is one of the few to do abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy when women’s health issues and complications from the abortion are at their peak.”

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