FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Elizabeth Whitmarsh
DATE: Friday, March 25, 2022 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, OHIO—In July 2021, Ohio Right to Life announced that the dismembered remains of an unborn baby were found discarded behind Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls. The remains, which appear to be from an unborn child at approximately 17 weeks gestation, were found in a dumpster along with numerous other items of interest, including patient records.
Ohio Right to Life and Right to Life of Northeast Ohio filed several complaints against Northeast Ohio Women’s Center and the physicians at the clinic, including Dr. David Burkons. These complaints were filed with the Ohio State Medical Board, the Ohio EPA, and the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights.
It was precisely because of situations like this that Ohio Right to Life lobbied for legislation such as Senate Bill 27. S.B. 27, which requires the Ohio Department of Health to establish rules for the proper and humane burial or cremation of children who have lost their lives to an abortion procedure.
Today, the Ohio Department of Health responded to Ohio Right to Life and Right to Life of Northeast Ohio's complaints, stating that they found that the clinic failed their patients’ trust and confidence with their medical records. They have fined the facility and required they submit a Plan of Correction, as well as referring the case the State Medical Board and the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights for further review of the complaints.
The following statement may be attributed to Elizabeth Whitmarsh, Director of Communications at Ohio Right to Life:
“Ohio Right to Life is fully invested in this case and will continue to work closely with a medical board and federal officials to ensure that the clinic is held accountable for any laws broken. We ask our pro-life leaders to handle this situation appropriately and to serve justice to those responsible.
“Northeast Ohio Women’s Clinic has proven to be incapable of caring for not only their patients, but their community as a whole. We will maintain our fight to shut them down for good so they can never perform such barbaric atrocities again.”
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.