Toledo’s last remaining surgical abortion clinic stopped providing the procedure as of September 10 after Terrie Hubbard, the owner and operator of Capital Care Network of Toledo, returned her ambulatory surgical facility license to the Ohio Department of Health.
Pro-life groups in the area have been sounding the alarm about the Capital Care Network clinic for years, and in October 2018 filed a complaint against the clinic with the Ohio Department of Health.
The Thomas More Society assisted in filing the complaint, and documented a number of citations against the abortion provider. Those citations included repeated failures to pay municipal and federal taxes as well as a $40,000 fine issued against the clinic in 2017 when the Ohio Department of Health found “serious licensure violations.”
“For years, this abortion vendor has put women at risk, threatening their health and safety, because of an unwillingness to comply with Ohio’s law,” Thomas Olp, vice president of the Thomas More Society, said at the time. “This facility and its owner have provided a false and misleading application to the Ohio Department of Health, which has turned a blind eye to the infractions that caused revocation of the original license. This is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”
The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio (RTLACO) and Greater Toledo Right to Life (GTRTL) filed the 2018 complaint, and announced Wednesday that the clinic will stop providing surgical abortions.
“No more babies will be torn apart within their mother’s womb here in Toledo,” said Ed Sitter, executive director of GTRTL. “This is a real victory to be sure. The vast majority of abortions being performed at CCN over the years, at least two-thirds, have been surgical abortion, according to ODOH reporting statistics.”
Jeff Barefoot, president of GTRTL, said the “victory belongs to all those dutiful prayer worries, side-walk counselors, [and] the hundreds of faithful women and men from the greater Toledo area who attended prayer rallies.”
“No other health-care provider or business regulated by the ODOH or the EPA would be afforded this kind of indifference to the most basic health, safety and patient protections,” he added. “It appears that under the DeWine administration ODOH may no longer be turning a blind eye to these abortion operations.”
According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the clinic has changed ownership and the new owner may reapply for an ambulatory surgical facility license. The clinic will reportedly continue to provide medication-induced abortions.
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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News, The Ohio Star, and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
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