Could Seek Second Stay to Continue Operating
August 18, 2014 (Cincinnati, OH): Friday, August 15, 2014 Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jerry Metz upheld the Ohio Department of Health’s January 2014 order to close the Sharonville, Ohio Women’s Med Center abortion facility, for failing to have a written transfer agreement with a local hospital to cover patient emergencies.
Judge Metz also did not extend the stay of execution he approved for the abortion facility, which kept it open during the appeal process in his court.
Judge Metz’ stay expires this week. The Women’s Med Center could be closed either temporarily this week or permanently, depending on whether abortionist Martin Haskell appeals to the First District Court of Appeals.
Martin Haskell has 30 days to appeal to the First District Court of Appeals and could seek a second stay of execution to continue to operate during this second appeal process.
Cases in the First District Court of Appeals are usually heard and decided by a panel of three judges. Whether this court would grant a stay depends on which appellate judges are on the panel.
Unconfirmed reports are that the Women’s Med Center was to be closed anyway during the next few weeks.
If the Women’s Med Center does not appeal to the First District Court of Appeals within the next 30 days, it should be closed.