Pro-life Champion - Attorney General DeWine Files Appeal
Fight to Close Toledo's Last Abortion Clinic Not Over
TOLEDO, Ohio - On Monday, Attorney General DeWine filed notice with the Ohio Supreme Court that it would appeal the decisions won by Toledo's Capital Care Network (CCN).
Capital Care won judgments in Lucas County Common Pleas Court and Ohio's 6th District Court of Appeals.
In 2013 CCN appealed the Ohio Department of Health's order to close for failing to secure a transfer agreement with a local hospital. In November of 2013 they finally secured one with the University of Michigan Health System about 50 miles away. The Ohio Department of Health rejected the transfer agreement, saying the hospital was not "local" because it was more than 30 miles from the clinic.
The Courts asserted that a written transfer agreement with local hospitals created an undue burden on a woman's right to have access to an abortion. "This is absurd! Ohio's transfer agreement law dates back to 1996 and applies to all ambulatory surgical facilities." Said Ed Sitter, Executive Director of Foundation for Life. "We do women a great injustice by lowering the health and safety standers that we would demand of any other medical surgical provider, simply because this is abortion." Sitter went on to say, "The real issue here is that we now have an Ohio Department of Health and an Attorney General in Mike DeWine that are enforcing the laws here in Ohio and not turning a blind eye to the abortion industry."
"The pro-abortionist, their allies in the press and in the courts are fighting back. They know that closing these clinics gives women more time to become truly informed - about the baby, seeing an ultrasound, the procedure and the support services available to them. With this kind of knowledge women are empowered and more often than not choose life." said Sitter.
In 2014, the year immediately following the closure of the Center for Choice abortion dramatically decreased. In that one year Lucas, Wood, Ottawa and Fulton counties reported a 47% (average) reduction in the number of abortions.
The old Center for Choice was purchased in October 2014 by a coalition of pro-life leaders known as the "Isiah 61 Project". Earlier this month we saw the demolition of this house of death and in its place will be the construction of Hope Park. This memorial to the over 50,000 innocent lives lost at the hands of the abortionist will be the first of its kind in Ohio actually built on the site of a former abortion mill. Hope Park is for all, not just the babies. This park is intended to be a place of genuine hope, redemption and restoration for those whose lives were forever changed by their abortion decision.