CINCINNATI, Ohio, December 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The Kasich administration's Ohio Department of Health (ODOH) has given permission for abortions to continue in Cincinnati, despite the fact that the local Planned Parenthood abortion business is operating illegally, without safety measures enacted to save women's lives.
Ohio law requires abortion surgical facilities to have an ambulatory patient-transfer agreement with a local, non-tax-funded hospital. The requirement is for the protection of women. It came into law after a Cleveland woman died from a botched abortion because EMTs could not get to her in time and because she could not be gotten to a hospital in time.
Instead of complying with the law, Planned Parenthood told the ODOH that the abortion facility had “backup care” physicians. In fact, to circumvent the law for the full services and life-saving facilities of a local hospital, the Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center simply contracted four doctors willing to be paid to come to Planned Parenthood and help women injured and bleeding to death from abortion.
ODOH director Rick Hodges, a Governor Kasich appointee, granted Planned Parenthood a “variance,” which allows the abortion giant to continue committing abortions. The variance lasts through May 31, 2016.
Paula Westwood, the executive director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, told LifeSiteNews, “It appears that between the Ohio Department of Health and the U.S. District Court, Planned Parenthood has double insurance to continue its surgical abortion business with no fear of consequences.”
Planned Parenthood praised the Kasich administration's decision. “This ruling will ensure that women in Southwest Ohio continue to have access to safe and legal abortion,” Jerry Lawson, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, said.
As LifeSiteNews reported, Planned Parenthood was suing Ohio over the laws protecting women from dying after botched abortion surgeries. Part of the Kasich-Hodges deal with Planned Parenthood is that the abortion giant would drop its lawsuit against the state over protective laws for women undergoing surgical abortion.
“To avoid a lawsuit, the Ohio Department of Health has catered to the abortion industry and thus ensured continued wounding of women and the death of their unborn babies,” Westwood said.
Even Ohio Right to Life (ORTL), a staunch defender of Kasich, expressed concern. ORTL president Mike Gonidakis, a Kasich political appointee, said, “It's unfortunate that the Department of Health is allowing an abortion facility to remain open[.] … Granting a variance to circumvent state law is no way to ensure that women will be protected.”
“It is ironic that Planned Parenthood is protected from the same law it is challenging, while no court or governmental entity defends helpless babies from savage death at the hands of Planned Parenthood abortionists,” Westwood noted in a press release.
Late-term abortionist Martin Haskell's Dayton-area “Women's Med” abortion facility, which has a history of complaints, is also requesting a variance.