Abortion Facility Fails to Secure Sufficient Emergency Back-up Care
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Thursday, December 1, 2016 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, the Associated Press reported that the Ohio Department of Health revoked the license of a Dayton-area abortion facility, Women's Med Center, for failure to meet the department's health and safety standards. The decision follows a recommendation made by a hearing examiner in early September.
"Ohio Right to Life thanks Director Hodges for holding this abortion facility accountable to basic health and safety standards," said Devin Scribner, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. "This is the same facility that, according to the Ohio Department of Health, violated a woman's right to refuse an abortion last June. We're grateful to see action being taken on this facility and are hopeful that it will spare thousands of lives in Dayton."
Ohio law requires that all ambulatory surgical facilities, including abortion facilities, secure a written transfer agreement with a local hospital. If unable to obtain an agreement, the facility may seek a variance from the law. In October, the Department of Health denied the facility a variance for the fifth year in a row.
"For years, this abortion facility has operated without sufficient emergency back-up care for the thousands of pregnant women who come through their doors," said Scribner. "The whole state of Ohio should be alarmed by this facility's consecutive failures to either secure an agreement with a local hospital, or meet the department's rules for alternative back-up care. The traditional medical community has rejected doing business with this facility, and the state of Ohio is doing the same."
Women's Med Center of Dayton is operated by abortionist Martin Haskell who is known for popularizing the now-banned partial-birth abortion technique.
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.