Hospital Network Props Up Abortion Clinic That Broke the Law to Keep It From Closing

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 13, 2018   |   11:21AM   |  

An Ohio hospital caved into abortion activists’ demands Monday and approved an agreement that will allow a Toledo abortion facility to remain open.

WTOL News reports the ProMedica Board of Trustees agreed to a transfer agreement with the abortion business, Capital Care Network of Toledo, late Monday after abortion activists protested outside the hospital. Pro-abortion feminist icon Gloria Steinem also publicly pressured the hospital to save the abortion facility.

The abortion business was slated to close after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled last week that it was operating illegally. It violated a two-decades old requirement that ambulatory surgical facilities have a written transfer agreement with a hospital for patient emergencies. The court ruled that the state Department of Health could take away its license as a result of the violation.

Now, it looks like the abortion business will stay open.

“At a special meeting held earlier this evening, the ProMedica Board of Trustees authorized ProMedica to enter into a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network,” the hospital said in a statement late Monday. “The transfer agreement formally puts in writing an existing practice to provide emergency medical care to all who need it in our community.

“Entering into this agreement aligns with ProMedica’s Mission and values, including our focus on being a health system dedicated to the well-being of northwest Ohio and our belief that no one is beyond the reach of life-saving health care,” the statement continued.

The abortion business was the last one in Toledo, according to the pro-abortion blog Think Progress. The blog reported abortion activists protested with signs outside the hospital and made hundreds of phone calls to demand that it enter an agreement with the abortion chain that would allow it to stay open.

Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, told the Toledo Blade that the hospital’s decision does not help women. He pointed to Capital Care’s record of violating “state health and safety regulations for the past four years.”

“Behind closed doors, ProMedica chose not to support life-saving health care but instead to bow at the altar of abortion,” Gonidakis said. “How many more babies will die at this clinic? How many more women will suffer from botched abortions? ProMedica violated the Hippocratic oath all doctors attest to which is ‘to do no harm.’”

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Abortion activists do not have women’s safety in mind. The Toledo abortion facility had frequently run afoul of state laws.

In one case, state health inspectors discovered that after one woman had an abortion, the doctor believed that he might have perforated the woman’s bowel. Capital Care Network did not follow its own medical emergencies procedure, in which it should have called 911. Instead, it sent the patient out the back door and into an employee’s personal car. It dropped her off at the hospital, and then came right back, not ensuring that the woman was treated promptly.

Capital Care Network failed to send the patient’s medical records to the hospital with her, according to the inspection report. That left emergency room personnel in the dark about the patient’s treatment and condition, thus disrupting the continuity of care requirement that applies to all medical professionals.

This likely delayed emergency care to the seriously injured patient.

The inspection report noted five serious violations identified by the Department of Health:

• Failure to ensure the Medical Emergencies policy was implemented as written;
• Failure of staff to document and review the event;
• Failed to document and review all adverse events as part of its Quality Assurance program;
• Failed to ensure that the patient transported to the hospital was accompanied by her medical record;
• Failure to provide the patient with discharge instructions upon leaving the facility.

Action: Contact ProMedica.