Today, the Lebanon Road Surgery Center announced an end to its court battle to continue surgical abortions.

Last week, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jerry Metz, a Democrat, upheld two previous orders to close the late-term abortion facility.

The center, run by late-term abortionist Martin Haskell, stated it will not appeal the decision but will now act as only a referral site for Haskell's second abortion facility in the Dayton area.

Late-term abortionist Martin Haskell

“Today is a life-saving day for the women and children of Southwest Ohio,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “If a facility fails to ensure that they are operating at the legally required health and safety standards to protect women then certainly they should close.”

In January, the Ohio Department of Health affirmed its order to shut down the facility for failure to have a written transfer agreement with a local hospital or a proper variance. At the end of June, Magistrate Michael Bachman upheld this decision.

Last Friday, Judge Metz indicated that the Lebanon Road Surgery Center had five days to appeal the stay.

“This is such a huge victory for all who respect life and the rule of law,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which worked with Greater Cincinnati Right to Life to expose Haskell’s abortion abuses. “Haskell had the attitude that he was above the law and deserved to operate under a different standard as everyone else. Today, the law has prevailed.”

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Haskell has operated in the Cincinnati area for 32 years. Over the past 18 months, nearly half of Ohio’s abortion facilities have closed.

“When the authorities enforce the law, abortion clinics close,” said Newman. “This just shows that abortion facilities, including Haskell’s, operate at such a low standard that women are endangered at them every day. The state is fulfilling their duty to protect the public by shutting down abortion businesses that can’t comply with the law.”