Abortion Clinic That Killed Babies in Ohio for 45 Years Shuts Down

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 28, 2018   |   3:20PM   |   Columbus, OH

A Columbus, Ohio abortion business has closed after aborting unborn babies for 45 years.

Created Equal President Mark Harrington announced the good news Wednesday outside of the Founders Women’s Health Center, the first abortion facility to open in Ohio after Roe v. Wade.

“Thanks to the faithful efforts of the pro-life community, abortionists are increasingly having difficulty keeping their grisly businesses open,” Harrington said in a statement. “For time being at least, Columbus, OH will be reduced to having one abortion center. It wasn’t long ago there were seven killing centers in this city of 2 million residents.”

Founders aborted unborn babies up to 17 weeks of pregnancy. It is unclear exactly how many unborn babies were killed at the abortion facility, but the pro-life group estimated the number to be in the thousands.

Beth Vanderkooi, executive director of Greater Columbus Right to Life, said the news is a good thing for the community.

“Abortion is a scourge on our families, our communities, and our moral consciousness,” Vanderkooi said. “For nearly three decades, Ohio’s first abortion clinic was housed at 1243 E Broad Street, in a building co-owned by three of Ohio’s first abortion providers. The doors of that building are shutting. That is a good thing for this community.”

Like many abortion businesses, Founders had a sordid past.

One of its former abortionists, Tom Michaelis, was indicted on federal child pornography charges while working there, according to the pro-life group. A 2014 report by CBS 11 WTOL indicated Michaelis also pleaded guilty to sexual crimes involving his teenage daughter’s friends, according to court documents. His medical license was revoked in 2014. At one time, he also worked for Capital Care Network, another abortion facility in Ohio, according to the report.

Other problems cited by Created Equal include:

– Tax Liens – “Founders Women’s Health Center” owes over one million dollars in taxes to the City of Columbus, State of Ohio, and the Federal Government (IRS).

A revoked hospital agreement – Grant Hospital revoked their transfer agreement with the abortion clinic.

– An uninsured abortionist – Main abortionist has no medical malpractice insurance.

– Overdue fines – Owes the Ohio Department of Health $40,000 in fines.

– Injures women – One abortionist perforated the uterus of mother with a non-uterine pregnancy leaving her sterile.

In 2017, the State Medical Board of Ohio suspended the license of another one of its former abortionists, David Burkons. A state investigation found Burkons was signing blank prescriptions, leaving them with his staff, and failing to record the prescriptions in patient documents at another abortion facility, the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls.

Created Equal praised the hundreds of pro-lifers who have prayed, protested and sidewalk counseled outside the abortion facility across the past four decades.

Harrington said they still are not sure why the abortion facility closed, but they are looking into it.