Partial-Birth Abortion Pioneer Ordered to Shut Clinic

Marjorie Dannenfelser | January 24, 2014 | 4:42pm EST
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On the eve of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, notorious partial birth abortion pioneer Martin Haskell was ordered by the state of Ohio to shut down his Cincinnati-area abortion business on or before February 4.

Haskell failed to meet Ohio's medical standards as he was unable to obtain a transfer agreement with area hospitals to handle all cases of abortion complications against the mother. In a statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health said:

"There is a history of problems with this particular ambulatory surgery facility and operator ... The agency no longer has confidence that this ambulatory surgery facility will take necessary steps to operate in accordance with regulations."

Indeed, Haskell does have a dark history of brutal violence against women and children.

It was Haskell who popularized the now-banned partial-birth abortion procedure after he presented the barbaric technique at a National Abortion Federation seminar in 1992.

As National Right to Life details, Haskell performed over 1,000 partial-birth abortions and said the he "routinely" performed them on "all" patients who were between 20 and 24 weeks pregnant.

Haskell also admitted that the majority of these late, partial-birth abortions were on perfectly healthy babies and mothers, a jarring admission given that the abortion industry claims these abortions only happen in cases of severe fetal anomalies. This is especially significant as 20-week abortion limits based on fetal pain continue to gain traction in Congress and in state legislatures across the country.

In a tape-recorded interview in 1992, Haskell said:

"And I'll be quite frank: most of my abortions are elective in that 20-24 week range. . . . In my particular case, probably 20% [of this procedure] are for genetic reasons. And the other 80% are purely elective."

On the eve of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it is encouraging to see this monster will no longer be allowed to victimize women and children any longer, at least not at his current facility in Ohio.

Deep gratitude should be extended to Gov. Kasich for enforcing meaningful health and safety standards for abortion clinics. As Mike Gonidakis, the president of Ohio Right to Life said,

"We want to thank the Health Department for enforcing Ohio law and refusing to allow the abortion industry to escape complying with health and safety standards. Women's health is priority number one and today's actions by the Kasich administration should serve as a wake-up call that Ohio will no longer turn a blind eye towards unhealthy medical practices."

Forty-one years after Roe, women across the country are suffering at the hands of unscrupulous abortionists like Haskell - while children, some old enough to feel excruciating pain, are being killed daily by the thousands. Americans are waking up to this brutality and want better for these babies and their mothers. The enormous, courageous crowd at this week's March for Life is evidence that, fortunately, the tide is turning. Numerous state legislatures and the U.S. House have already voted in favor of historic legislation to protect babies after 20 weeks, more than halfway through pregnancy and when science shows babies feel pain.

Onward, we march next to urge a vote in the U.S. Senate. It is time our Senators stand with the majority of Americans and vote to immediately end the barbarism of late abortion - this is the minimum that a compassionate society can do.

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