Ohio Orders Abortion Clinic Closed, Breaking State Health Laws

State   Steven Ertelt   Apr 30, 2013   |   5:34PM    Toledo, OH

State officials in Ohio have ordered the closure of an abortion clinic in Ohio that is breaking a state health and safety law designed to protect women’s health.

Although abortion advocates frequently cite women’s health as the reason for supporting abortion, Ohio state officials today exposed a cover-up involving Center for Choice of Toledo, a local abortion center.

According to Ohio Department of Health documents, this abortion clinic operated without a transfer agreement resulting in a recommended closure and a $25,000 fine.

The transfer agreement is needed so abortion practitioners can quickly admit a woman who was injured in a botched abortion, so a local hospital or medical center could provide her with emergency medical treatment.

Officials with Ohio Right to Life told LifeNews they are glad the state health department took action.

“This is yet another case of the abortion industry disregarding women’s health and well-being. Center for Choice lied to the Department of Health in order to cover-up the fact that they were breaking Ohio law,” said President of Ohio Right to Life Mike Gonidakis. “The abortion industry strives to paint a rosy picture of women’s healthcare, but the reality is that the abortion industry acts with callous disregard for women and of course their unborn babies.”

According to Ohio law, Center for Choice of Toledo exists as an Ambulatory Surgical Facility and because of this legal status, the clinic is not a full-service medical facility. In order for Center for Choice of Toledo to operate legally, the clinic has to have a transfer agreement with a full-service hospital to handle all cases of abortion complications against the mother. The clinic has not had a legal transfer agreement since 2010, according to Ohio Department of Health documents, Gonidakis said.

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“It’s a crime that Center for Choice has performed illegal abortions for the last two years, jeopardizing women for the sake of profit, but we take hope in the fact that they will cease taking innocent human life,” he told LifeNews.

To read the Ohio Department of Health’s Proposed Order click here.