Is Cincinnati’s lone remaining abortion clinic about to be closed for failure to follow state law?


By Dave Andrusko

The Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center

The Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center

The Cincinnati Enquirer today ran a panicky article suggesting that Cincinnati’s lone abortion clinic may be on the road to being closed.

Last week the Ohio Department of Health sent Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facility, the Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center, a letter saying the clinic was not in compliance with a state law requiring a transfer agreement with an area hospital in case of emergencies.

Planned Parenthood spokesman Rick Pender told The Enquirer’s Chrissie Thompson that it placed a request for a “variance” (an exemption) from the requirement more than a year ago and has not received a response.

“We have received the letter, and it is accurate in its statement that we do not have a transfer agreement,” Pender told Thompson. “But what we have pending, for more than a year, is our variance request, which the health department has not acted on.”

The experience of the Lebanon Road Surgery Center of Sharonville, Ohio could hold a clue. (Sharonville is less than a half-hour away from Cincinnati.)

The abortion clinic was owned by notorious abortionist Martin Haskell. In August Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Jerome Metz Jr. ruled that it is the Ohio Department of Health’s “sole discretion” whether it gives a variance to the requirement that abortion clinics have a transfer agreement.

Surprisingly, Haskell did not appeal. The Sharonville clinic was the only one for hundreds of miles that performed late abortions.

There are currently eight abortion facilities remaining in Ohio. And, according to Ohio Right to Life, “Planned Parenthood of Bedford Heights was fined $25,000 for health violations which included the improper storage of human tissue” in July.

“With each passing month, we are seeing Ohio’s abortion industry crumble because of their own inability to comply with the law,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “Their failure to comply with basic health and safety regulations further demonstrates that Planned Parenthood and Big Abortion do not have women’s best interests at heart.”

Krider added, “Across the state, Planned Parenthood is outing itself as the phony health provider that it really is. Their continued violations of state law and basic common sense should serve as a warning sign to Ohio’s women that this industry is looking to exploit them, their children, and their pocketbooks to stay in business.”