By Dave Andrusko
Infamous abortionist Martin Haskell has appealed an order from the Ohio Department of Health that his Lebanon Road Surgery Center in Sharonville cease all operations and close its doors on or before February 4, 2014 (see “Ohio Department of Health Shuts Down Sharonville Abortion Clinic”). The appeal was filed with the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.
According to Ohio law, Lebanon Road Surgery Center exists as an Ambulatory Surgical Facility and because of this legal status, the clinic is not a full-service medical facility. To operate legally, Lebanon Road Surgery Center must have a transfer agreement with a full-service private hospital to handle all cases of abortion complications against the mother.
Haskell’s clinic operated without a transfer agreement with any area hospital and was unable to identify any doctors within the region that wanted to assist his abortion business.
“There is a history of problems with this particular ambulatory surgery facility and operator,” a Department of Health spokeswoman told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “The agency no longer has confidence that this ambulatory surgery facility will take necessary steps to operate in accordance with regulations.”
According to Ohio Right to Life, Haskell “has performed abortions for more than 30 years. He is notorious for his advocacy of partial-birth abortion and is credited for popularizing the now banned and illegal procedure.
“With the closing of Haskell’s clinic, only one abortion facility remains open inside the county with the third highest rate for abortion deaths in Ohio.”