Ohio Law Protecting Women From Unsafe Abortions Gets New Hearing

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 17, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 17, 2006

Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — An Ohio law that protects women from unsafe abortions by making sure abortion practitioners have admitting privileges at a local hospital will get another hearing. State officials say the law is necessary in cases of botched abortions and a federal appeals court agreed to have a hearing on the matter.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision in the lawsuit filed by the Women’s Medical Professional Corp. abortion business.

The Dayton-based abortion facility contends the law is an undue burden on the so-called right to abortion because it would have to close. No hospital in the Dayton area will grant admitting privileges to late-term abortion practitioner Martin Haskell, who performs 3,000 abortions annually at the business.

Because that would put the abortion center afoul of the law, Ohio Department of Health director J. Nick Baird ordered the abortion facility to close in January 2003.

Haskell, who invented the partial-birth abortion procedure, sued and two local judges halted the order to close the abortion center.

According to an AP report, the appeals court did agree with the judges that Baird should have held a hearing on the matter first before ordering Haskell to close up shop.

Haskell also operates abortion businesses in Cincinnati and Indianapolis.