Free to Operate Abortion Business as Usual
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 28, 2015 (Cincinnati, OH): In a late Friday announcement, Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges granted Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Ohio’s abortion headquarters on Auburn Ave. in Cincinnati a variance (exception) to remain open. The variance lasts six months until May 2016.
Meanwhile, this abortion facility was already operating as usual without the required transfer agreement or variance, under a preliminary injunction issued in October by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett. This injunction permits Planned Parenthood to remain open indefinitely while Judge Barrett reviews Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of health and safety requirements for ambulatory surgical facilities.
The injunction also prevents Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges from enforcing or complying with the law, which states that if an ambulatory surgical facility is denied a variance to the required transfer agreement with an area hospital to cover patient emergencies, then the facility’s license is automatically suspended.
However, right at the time Planned Parenthood’s license would have been suspended if the law were in play, Director Hodges granted a variance. Meanwhile Planned Parenthood is continuing to challenge this law, which permits the variance.
“The overlapping of authority here is yet to be clarified,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “But it appears that between the Ohio Department of Health and U.S. District Court, Planned Parenthood has double insurance to continue its surgical abortion business with no fear of consequences.”
See Columbus Dispatch story, among several released by different news outlets.