Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio applauds Ohio Department of Health
Capital Care Network abortion facility adjudicated fine of $15,000 for violations
Released: February 1, 2019
Contact: Ed Sitter, Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio
Toledo-The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has announced their reply to an administrative hearing officer’s recommendations relative to the fines assessed to Capital Care Network’s (CCN) Toledo abortion facility for multiple violations of patient safety and failure to follow state-mandated procedures for care. ODH has levied a fine of $15,000 against the business, whose attorneys have filed an appeal of the order in the Common Pleas Court of Lucas County.
“Thankfully the Director decided that the hearing officer’s recommendation of a $3,000 fine didn’t bear any resemblance to the reality of the seriousness of the systemic failure of patient care shown by CCN,” stated Ed Sitter, Executive Director of Greater Toledo Right to Life/Foundation for Life of Northwest Ohio and President of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio (RTLACO). “It would be a blatant disservice to women’s health if this order was not upheld by the court.”
Initially, CCN was fined $40,000 for a series of violations from an incident in which a woman who had undergone an abortion at the facility was suspected of having a perforated bowel due to errors in the procedure by CCN’s abortionist. An administrative hearing in the summer of 2018, in which key witnesses for the Department were not granted the ability to testify, resulted in hearing officer Karl Schedler invalidating all but one of the citations and recommending a fine 92 percent lower than that sought by ODH.
In January of this year, ODH Director Lance Himes issued an order reinstating two of the invalidated citations and setting the final fine against CCN at $15,000. The abortion business’ attorney Jennifer Branch filed an appeal with the Lucas County Common Pleas Court last week, which will be heard by Judge Lindsay Navarre. The appeal of the order is case number G-4801-CI-0201901237-000.
“We were dismayed that such shoddy handling of a patient in distress would be given a virtual slap on the wrist,” observed Margie Christie, 1st Vice President of RTLACO and Executive Director of Dayton Right to Life. “These catastrophic situations happen more often with abortion providers than with virtually any other type of ambulatory surgical facility (ASF) in Ohio, and we hope the Department, especially under Governor DeWine, will actively police this in the interest of protecting vulnerable women who are harmed by these actions.”
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The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio (RTLACO) is an association of metropolitan, county and local pro-life organizations. RTLACO focuses on developing and strengthening local grass roots pro-life leadership, true representative governing for the statewide organization, a commitment to a consistent and holistic pro-life standard to evaluate both policies and elected officials/candidates, and collaborative engagement to develop priorities for action.