Thursday, October 24, 2013

Over One-third of Abortion Clinics in Ohio Close

As a result of newly enacted laws regarding abortion clinics, actions by the Ohio Department of Health are likely to result in closure of at least five of Ohio's 14 abortion clinics.

For background, read Abortion Clinics Close in Most States Since 2010 and also read Abortionists Lament Ever-greater State Limits as well as Pro-lifers Prevail: More Abortion Restriction Laws

In addition, read Eroding Roe v. Wade State-by-state

UPDATE 7/2/14: Judge Says Ohio Late-term Abortion Clinic Must Close

UPDATE 7/31/14: Ohio Shuts Down Last Abortion Clinic in Toledo

-- From "State has closed several abortion clinics this year" by Amanda Seitz, Dayton Daily News Staff Writer 10/19/13

Ohio’s abortion clinics are facing more restrictions after the state budget bill banned the clinics from signing transfer agreements with public hospitals. The budget bill also requires women to listen to the fetal heartbeat before an abortion. Earlier this month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sued the state over the new legislation.

At the same time, the number of women seeking abortions in Ohio increased by 2.8 percent for the first time in a dozen years. More than 25,000 abortions were performed last year in Ohio and 1,101 were performed on women living in Montgomery County.

Ohio Right to Life Director Mike Gonidakis said that Kasich has simply been enforcing laws surrounding abortion and same-day surgery clinics more diligently, driving some clinics to close.

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From "Abortion restrictions closing Ohio clinics" by Darrel Rowland and Alex Felser The Columbus Dispatch 10/17/13

A suburban Cincinnati clinic’s appeal to remain open was rejected last week by the Ohio Department of Health. The clinic has 10 days to appeal, which they plan to do next week. Last month a Cleveland facility closed and a Toledo center remains open during an appeal of its closure order.

The Lebanon Road Surgery Center in Sharonville was ordered closed by the state because it did not have a valid transfer agreement — a pact with an area hospital to accept abortion patients if help is needed. The state health director rejected the clinic’s request for a variance, and his decision was upheld by a hearing officer last week.

On Sept. 30, the Cleveland Center for Women’s Health shut down.

[Ohio Right to Life president Mike] Gonidakis said the Cleveland facility, operated by Dr. Martin Ruddock, specialized in late-term abortions. He credited the closure to Ohio’s 2-year-old ban on abortions of viable fetuses after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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From "Ohio Abortion Facilities Close Over Failure to Comply With New State Regulations" by Heather Clark, Christian News Network 10/18/13

“We are gratified to see yet another late-term abortionist shutting down,” Mike Gonidakis, Ohio Right to Life president and member of the state medical board, told reporters. “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.”

As previously reported, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed new abortion regulations into law this past June, which describe each child in the womb as an “unborn human individual,” and bar abortionists from obtaining transfer agreements with public hospitals—thus mandating them to find a private hospital that will enter into a partnership. The majority of private hospitals are operated by religious organizations that oppose abortion.

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From "Not One Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in Ohio Offers Prenatal Care" by Steven Ertelt, 10/21/13

As Rita Diller of STOPP Planned Parenthood notes:
A news story from ABC Channel 22 in Ohio reports that opponents of Planned Parenthood defunding via the governor’s budget cuts say defunding Planned Parenthood “deprives women of basic health care, especially low-income women who depend on Planned Parenthood for prenatal care.”

But when STOPP researched each of the 29 Planned Parenthood facilities in Ohio on October 13, 2013, we found that not a single Ohio Planned Parenthood facility provides prenatal care. The only mention of prenatal services on the 29 Planned Parenthood websites says, “If you choose to continue a pregnancy, we will provide you with a list of resources to help you obtain prenatal care.”
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