UPDATE: Capital Care appears to be challenging the order and remains open until a potential legal battle concludes. Ohio Right to Life will continue working to make Toledo abortion free.
The city of Toledo may soon be abortion free as the state of Ohio has closed down the second of two abortion facilities that have closed up shop this year.
Today, Ohio Right to Life obtained documents issued by the Ohio Department of Health relating to a Toledo area abortion clinic violating state regulations. Capital Care Network of Toledo was provided notice by state health officials of its noncompliance, which according to state law, will result in the abortion provider closing in order to protect pregnant women’s health.
“Ohio Right to Life’s legislative initiatives are successfully protecting women’s health and saving lives as evidenced with this upcoming closure,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “Holding abortion clinics to high standards to protect the safety of pregnant women is a health initiative all Ohioans can agree upon.”
According to Ohio law, Capital Care exists as an Ambulatory Surgical Facility and because of this status, the clinic is not a full-service medical facility. In order for Capital Care Network 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.
Capital Care is the third abortion clinic to be closed in Ohio since January due to either health and safety violations or illegal operations.
“The abortion clinics that have been closed were exposed for operating under unsanitary, unsafe and illegal circumstances. No longer will abortion providers get a free pass and put profits ahead of protecting women’s health,” said Gonidakis.
The other Toledo abortion facility closed amid scandal. The abortion facility had been operating since 1983.
Although abortion advocates frequently cite women’s health as the reason for supporting abortion, Ohio state officials 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.
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“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 at the time. “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.
“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.