Troubled Ohio abortion clinic to close permanently days after documents leaked
Columbus, OH, June 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An abortion clinic in Columbus, Ohio will be closing this week, according to local pro-life activists.
The news comes only days after the pro-life group Operation Rescue released leaked hospital transcripts that detailed how a 19-year-old abortion patient at Capital Care Clinic was admitted to a Columbus hospital after suffering excessive bleeding and pelvic pain after her abortion in her tenth week of pregnancy. According to transcripts, she suffered from a hematoma (internal bleeding inside the tissues), and excessive clotting.
In release the leaked documents Operation Rescue had that announced complaints would be filed.
“This closure is one of several in the past few weeks that has brought the number of surgical abortion clinics to a new low of 659. We thank God for these closures, because we know when abortion clinics close, innocent lives are spared,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “We congratulate the faithful pro-life activists in Columbus, and look forward to the day when Columbus and all American cities are abortion-free.”
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Capital Care has reportedly been plagued with decreased business and financial problems. They recently cut back clinic hours due to difficulty keeping abortionists. An increasingly strong pro-life presence in Central Ohio is credited with contributing to the decision to close.
The two abortionists known to work at Capital Care are Harley Blank and Thomas Michaelis. Blank, who also works at the Founder’s Women’s Health Center abortion clinic in Columbus was honored by Planned Parenthood earlier this year for his 30-year career as an abortionist in Columbus.
Michaelis, who now works at the Capital Care Network abortion clinic in Toledo, has a history of a different sort. In 1991, he was convicted of two counts of Attempted Gross Sexual Imposition, one count of Voyeurism, and one count of Public Indecency. The convictions involved incidents where Michaelis engaged in sexual predation on minor girls.
Sullenger claimed that “sex crimes are relatively common amongst abortionists. It is the abortion industry’s dirty little secret they want no one to know.”
“We certainly won’t rest until every one of these predators are out of the medical profession for good,” she said.
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