“Christ Hospital” in Cincinnati Hires Abortion Doctor

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 15, 2012   |   2:00PM   |   Cincinnati, OH

Christ Hospital, in Cincinnati, Ohio, has hired an abortion practitioner to work at its facility even though he assists in abortions and previously had his privileges terminated at the hospital in 2011.

In a May 1 press release, Christ Hospital announced that Walter Bowers would be employed by Christ Hospital as a Gynecologist and has moved his office into their facility. Bowers provides emergency hospital care to injured abortion patients of late-term abortion practitioner Martin Haskell, who has come under fire for putting women’s health at risk.

In July 2011, Christ Hospital terminated Bower’s hospital privileges pending the outcome of the Ohio Medical Board’s decision on charges his was negligent in causing the death of a wanted baby in Kentucky.

Bowers was placed on five years of probation in January 2011 and ordered to cease the practice of obstetrics after the gross mismanagement of a wanted pregnancy resulted in a dead child. Bowers settled a claim with the parents for $250,000 and he has been ordered not to perform any obstetric procedure and take additional training classes.

Bowers attempted to hide from the Ohio Medical Board the fact that he is an abortion practitioner who does abortions at a facility in Indianapolis. In addition, documents indicate that the Bowers is currently under investigation by the Indiana Attorney General’s office. On June 23, 2011, the Indiana “Board moved to neither renew nor deny but refer to AG’s office for investigation,” according to a notation placed in Bower’s permanent Indiana file.

Currently Bowers’ Indiana license status is listed as “Valid to Practice While Reviewed” as the investigation by the Attorney General continues.

Bowers recently reported a $250,000 malpractice pay-out related to the 2006 death of a wanted baby when he applied to renew his licenses in Indiana and Kentucky. That case caused the State of Kentucky to discipline Bowers and ban him from the practice of Obstetrics in that state and initiated Board actions against him in his home state of Ohio.

“It is outrageous that Bowers is being embraced by Christ Hospital in light of his past history of fatal negligence and dishonesty,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, who pointed out Christ Hospital’s hiring of Bowers. “This man is not fit to practice medicine.”

“Bowers has held himself out to be Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, but according to his own deposition taken in August, 2011, Bowers is not and never has been Board Certified in any specialty. A check today with the American Board of Medical Specialties indicated that Bowers holds no Board Certification,” Newman said. “Bowers also attempted to conceal from the Ohio Medical Board his employment at Clinic for Women, an abortion clinic in Indianapolis. He told the Ohio Medical Board under oath that he did not practice in Indiana, when in fact he had listed Clinic for Women as his Indiana address on his medical license in that state.”

Newman noted that Bowers has a written agreement to provide emergency hospital care to injured abortion patients of Martin Haskell, who offers extremely late-term abortions in Dayton and Sharonville, Ohio. Because of Haskell’s agreement with Bowers and another physician, the Ohio Department of Health has issued a variance allowing Haskell to continue to operate even though he personally has no hospital privileges as required by law. Haskell is currently under investigation by the Ohio Medical Board after a pattern of botched abortions was uncovered by pro-life activists.

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Newman said his group objected to Bowers’ agreement with Haskell after it was learned that he paid out $250,000 after being sued by a family that lost a wanted baby due to Bowers’ negligence. That caused Kentucky to bar him from the practice of obstetrics and put him under investigation in the State of Indiana and a Board action to be launched against him in Ohio. In October, 2011, the Ohio Medical Board reprimanded Bowers for the avoidable death and placed him on two years of probation.

“We ask Christ Hospital to seriously reconsider their affiliation with Bowers, who places them squarely in cahoots with Haskell’s dangerous late-term abortion business,” said Newman. “This looks like a backroom deal to keep Haskell’s abortion business afloat. Bowers has proven that he cannot be trusted to tell the truth or provide adequate health care. This is a black eye to Christ Hospital. We are asking all those who support life to abstain from using Christ Hospital for their health care needs until they disaffiliate with Bowers and with the heinous practice of abortion.”

Newman is calling pro-life advocates and area residents to contact Christ Hospital to urge it to reconsider its decision to hire Bower.

ACTION:  Contact Michael Beauchat of Christ Hospital at 513-585-4900 [email protected]