An Ohio pro-life organization is taking exception to a "slap on the wrist" fine for an outlier abortion clinic.
In September 2017, the Ohio Department of Health fined Capital Care Network's abortuary in Toledo $40,000 for violations of health and safety standards. Aside from failing inspections and a questionable staff, says Jamieson Weaver of Ohio Right to Life, inspectors discovered a dangerous incident involving the facility.
"They found that Capital Care Network had not followed their own medical emergency procedures," she relates. "[They] had transferred a patient who they believed might be suffering from a perforated bowel in the private car of an employee, and they didn't send any of her medical records with her."
That left emergency room workers in the dark as to what to treat and how to treat it. The correct protocol would have been to transport the patient by ambulance with her medical records.
The abortuary appealed the state's decision, and on Wednesday (October 10) a hearing examiner recommended the fine be reduced from $40,000 to $3,000. Weaver argues that sends a message that dangerous shortcuts taken by abortion facilities will be put above patients' rights and protections.
"Abortion centers frequently are just completely violating basic health and safety standards that are meant to protect women," she tells OneNewsNow. "And so just changing the fine down to $3,000 feels like a slap on the wrist – and it seems like it could encourage bad behavior among other abortion facilities."
Ohio Right to Life is hopeful the Department of Health will restore the larger fine. Meanwhile, Capital Care Network continues to operate its Toledo clinic.