Protecting Ohio Women’s Health

New Ohio regulations on abortion clinics are a “war on women’s health,” the head of a pro-abortion group claimed last week. She and other activists have expressed concern that two of the state’s 13 licensed abortion clinics closed this year and another may shut down soon.

Abortion activists attempt to disguise their agenda by claiming they are defending women against risks to their health. If they are being honest, they should be applauding closure of the two clinics, in Toledo and Cuyahoga Falls.

State Health Department inspectors visited the Center for Choice in Toledo earlier this year, before it closed. Among violations they found were failure to combat infections and keep operating room equipment clean. Some of the equipment was rusty and had mold growing on it. Containers full of expired medicine were spotted. So were blank prescription forms already signed by a doctor. Finally, inspectors found 44 syringes loaded with a clear but unidentified liquid.

Inspectors also went to the Capital Care Network abortion clinic in Cuyahoga Falls earlier this year. There, they found the facility’s state and federal licenses to dispense medicine had expired. They also learned some patients’ vital signs were not checked before procedures were performed – and that informed consent was not obtained before some abortions were performed. The clinic closed soon after it was inspected.

It would appear some abortion clinics have been waging a “war on women’s health.”

Yet groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio continue to fight rules that threaten any abortion clinic.

For too long, so-called “pro-choice” advocates have browbeaten public policy makers – and even health departments – into giving abortion clinics free passes to disobey rules intended to safeguard women. Philadelphia abortion Dr. Kermit Gosnell got away with murder for years because of such neglect.

Ohio legislators and public health officials appear to have decided they have been cowed long enough by those more interested in keeping abortion mills open than in the well-being of women. That change is long overdue – and will be welcomed by thoughtful Ohioans.