Lebanon Road Surgery Center to Act as Referral Site for Kettering Facility
SHARONVILLE, Ohio - Today, the Lebanon Road Surgery Center announced an end to its court battle to continue surgical abortions. Last week, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jerry Metz, a Democrat, upheld two previous orders to close the late-term abortion facility. The center, ran by late-term abortionist Martin Haskell, stated it will not appeal the decision but will now act as only a referral site for his second abortion facility in the Dayton area.
Martin Haskell, self proclaimed "poster child" of partial birth abortion
"This appears to be the end of a long battle to protect life in Greater Cincinnati," said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. "Ohio Right to Life just achieved a victory it has been seeking for the last 30 years. The closing of an illegally operating abortion facility is good public policy for Ohio."
In January, the Ohio Department of Health affirmed its order to shut down the facility for failure to have a written transfer agreement with a local hospital or a proper variance. At the end of June, Magistrate Michael Bachman upheld this decision. Last Friday, Judge Metz indicated that the Lebanon Road Surgery Center had five days to appeal the stay.
Lebanon Road Surgery Center
"Today is a life-saving day for the women and children of Southwest Ohio," said Gonidakis. "If a facility fails to ensure that they are operating at the legally required health and safety standards to protect women then certainly they should close. Ohio law affords no loopholes for abortion facilities. We thank Democrat Judge Metz for affirming the order from the Ohio Department of Health."
Ohio Right to Life also thanks the leadership from Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, Dayton Right to Life, and other pro-life advocacy organizations for their constant vigilance throughout the last 30 years.
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 local chapters, 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.
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