Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Judge: Ohio Late-term Abortion Clinic Must Close

Yet another example of state lawmakers across America increasing safety for pregnant women, not to mention life reprieves for innocent babies:  Hamilton County magistrate Michael Bachman has ruled that a Cincinnati area abortion clinic in Sharonville, Ohio must close due to its violation of a state health law.

For background, read Over One-third of Abortion Clinics in Ohio Close

And read Abortion Clinic Closings Set Record; Admit Defeat and also read Abortionists Lament Ever-greater State Limits

-- From "Magistrate: Sharonville abortion clinic must close" by Chrissie Thompson, Cincinnati Enquirer 6/30/14

The legal battles of the Women's Med abortion clinic started in January, when the Ohio Department of Health ordered the clinic to close. The clinic had requested -- and was denied -- an exception to a state rule that requires all outpatient surgery centers to have a transfer agreement with a local hospital.

The clinic is appealing the health department's ruling in court. [Judge Jerome] Metz ruled in January the clinic could stay open during the court appeal.

The court battle over the abortion clinic's license could extend into next year. After Metz rules on the case, any challenge to his decision would go to Ohio's First District Court of Appeals.

Ohio had 14 abortion clinics at the start of 2013 and could soon be down to seven. Besides Women's Med, three other abortion clinics – including two in Southwest Ohio – are under review. The health department's actions add to a string of abortion restrictions passed in the last three years in Ohio, making the state a national leader in conservatives' efforts to erase abortion.

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From "Judge Upholds Ohio’s Decision Ordering Martin Haskell’s Late-Term Abortion Biz Closed" by Ohio Right to Life, 6/30/14

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 private 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. After the Ohio Department of Health ordered the facility to close in January, the facility appealed that ruling in court.

Late-term abortionist, Martin Haskell, who owns Lebanon Road Surgery Center, has performed abortions for more than 30 years. He is notorious for his advocacy of partial-birth abortion and is credited for popularizing the now banned and illegal procedure. With the closing of Haskell’s clinic, only one abortion facility remains open inside the county with the third highest rate for abortion deaths in Ohio.

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Also read Planned Parenthood President Asks, Who Cares When Life Begins? as well as President Obama Asks God to Bless Planned Parenthood

CBS News reports on clinic closings