Published On: Thu, Oct 1st, 2015

Ohio judge keep Planned Parenthood clinics open despite the lack of emergency care access

A judge has reversed the decision by the Ohio Department of Health (DOH), which denied surgical license exceptions for Planned Parenthood in Mount Auburn and Women’s Med in Dayton, because they do not have the required ambulatory agreement with a local hospital, to save the lives of women in cases of botched surgical abortions.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett ordered that the two businesses may stay open and continue committing abortions while they appeal the Department of Health’s decision. You may read the judge’s order here.

“Cincinnati Planned Parenthood is under scrutiny for not following health and safety laws yet is permitted to remain open and see patients,” Paula Westwood, executive director of Greater Cincinnati Right to Life, commented to LifeSiteNews. “What other medical facility would be granted such a pass? For that matter, what hair salon, or restaurant?”

“The continued coddling protection of a facility that preys upon women and their unborn children is stunning,” Westwood added.

If the two facilities close, the number of surgical abortion businesses in Ohio will be down to seven, from 14 in 2013.

If Planned Parenthood in the Cincinnati suburbs closes, the city will be the largest metropolitan area in the nation without an abortion “business.”

Ohio law requires surgical facilities to have an ambulatory patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital. This year, the Ohio legislature passed a law requiring that no tax-funded hospital enable the abortion industry, so abortion businesses must contract with private hospitals.

While Gov. John Kasich, who is running for U.S. president, has signed most pro-life bills into law, the Heartbeat Bill has not been moved for a vote.

The Heartbeat Bill would stop the abortion of children whose heartbeat can be heard, which is at about eight weeks’ gestation. Ohio senate president Keith Faber and other self-described pro-life Republicans have effectively stop that pro-life bill in its tracks.

photo Peter anemoneprojects via Flickr

photo Peter anemoneprojects via Flickr


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