One of our volunteers recently asked me what I thought it would take for Founder's to shut down. After some thought, I could only reply that I have no answer because by every metric out there, the clinic should be shut down. Thus, I can only assume that it is being propped up by something. Hint: It isn't good.
Over the past few years, we have worked very hard trying to get the local media to give pro-life voices a fair voice. If not a fair voice, at least an equal voice. You might remember last January when we tracked the local media coverage of the March for Life locally and in DC and compared it to the pro-life Women's March events in Columbus and DC. Another hint: the March for Life barely got any response at all and the pro-abortion women's march got embedded reporters. You can see some of our coverage here.
This past summer, we released a serious expose of local abortion clinics and got no media traction.
However, a few weeks ago, we started working with a local reporter - actually an intern at Ohio University in their journalism program who was working for the Columbus Dispatch for a semester. After spending hours with the reporter and connecting her to various pro-life organizations across the state, she wrote a small series looking into abortion clinics and their inspection reports. It was not the coverage we wished it would have been, but overall it was fair and honest, and balanced, and better than we've seen in a long time. You can read one of the articles here, and another here. You can also read the like-clockwork letter to the editor from NARAL in response. We are working on our own response and will update you once it is finished.
While we've linked to the content I can summarize it if you are too busy to read or if you don't have access beyond the paywall. The reporter looks at the number of inspection reports from the Ohio Department of Health and finds out that it's actually kind of a lot and that a good number are pretty specific and serious. She then looks at other non-clinics regulated in the same way in the same counties and finds fewer inspections and fewer violations per inspection. She reports on what she finds and the NARAL team respond by saying that the article should have been about how abortion clinics provide safe, legal, and professional services to women seeking abortions and that they are being singled out by the Department of Health.
What the preferred narrative of the political and public relations arm of Ohio's big abortion industry entirely leaves out is that a number of the clinics are operating in a way that would get your local dentist's office shut down.
We've thoroughly documented filthy conditions, convicted child sex offenders, unpaid taxes and liens, unfiled mandatory business reports, and more. You can find those documents on our website at gcrtl.org/columbus-clinics and gcrtl.org/abortion-pill-resources, and we go into them pretty specifically on this blog.
Which is why we are not suprised to share with you that within the past month the State of Ohio has filed another precipe for a tax lien for more than $47,000 and two actual liens for failing to pay unemployment taxes.
This means the clinic does not have
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We have BIG news! Columbus Right to Life will be participating in the Columbus Foundation’s 2017 Big Give!
The Big Give is a 26-hour online giving rally sponsored by the Columbus Foundation. It kicks off at 10:00 am on October 10th and runs until October 11th at noon. Not only will 100% of all donations made to GCRTL via the Big Give go directly to Greater Columbus Right to Life (no credit card or processing fees), but they will help us to leverage a share of the more than $1.3 million in bonus-pool funds provided by the Columbus Foundation and community partners. While the exact amount of bonus-pool funds we earn will depend on the total amount donated, the last time the Big Give was held, donations made to participating nonprofits were amplified a little more than 10%.
This Clinic Closed: Planned Parenthood Delaware
Planned Parenthood in Delaware County quietly closed its doors over the weekend. The clinic’s Facebook page and its director listing on Planned Parenthood’s website were both deleted. While the abortion giant has still not made an announcement that it has closed yet another clinic that referred for but did not perform abortions, deleting the social media and directory listing are pretty telling, as is the “For Rent” sign in the lawn.
We realize that integral to this clinic’s closing has been the prayers and fasting of so many members of the community. For that reason, we would like to join with you once again to offer prayers of thanksgiving that the Planned Parenthood in Delaware County has closed and to ask for the continued protection of pregnant women and unborn children in Delaware County.
You are invited to join us at 9:00 am Saturday, October 14th on the sidewalk outside of the former Planned Parenthood office (152 W Central Ave, Delaware) for a short program and community prayer. Community leaders and members of the clergy who would like to join in the program are invited to email Greater Columbus Right to Life to let us know of your interest.
Help us get the word out by sharing these details with your friends or joining our Facebook event.
Central Ohio Abortion Abortions Decrease Five Percent
The news was cheered by Greater Columbus Right to Life volunteers, many of whom have regularly prayed for the clinic’s closure as individuals, with church groups, with other organizations, or as part of GCRTL’s recently organized, “Delaware County Prays for Life,” an intentional hour of prayer focused on affirming the dignity of human life and closing the Delaware abortion referral clinic.
Planned Parenthood has built up a steady drumbeat of support by insisting that its offices are more than just abortion clinics, that they are places that provide caring, compassionate care to women in rural communities and medically underserved areas, and that any effort to remove taxpayer subsidies to the abortion giant will have an immediate detrimental effect on women’s health. For example, just last week, Planned Parenthood tweeted against efforts to eliminate the taxpayer subsidy, noting that “closing women’s health centers in rural areas blocks access to basic care (and) costs the state more money.” In the meantime, the group quietly planned to close yet another rural health center. Do not be confused– this is not the first rural health center closed in Ohio in recent years. This isn’t even the first rural health center closed in central Ohio THIS year, as the offices in Chillicothe were closed down in January. In recent years other offices to have closed include Galion, Withamsville, Oxford, and more. In fact, Planned Parenthood appears to have closed or merged 38% of its Ohio offices since 2005, most of them rural, small-town, or under-served areas.
Hypocrisy in action in this Planned Parenthood tweet from August 28, 2017
GCRTL executive director, Beth Vanderkooi, noted, “While it is likely that profit motivated Planned Parenthood to close the doors of the Delaware Office, without a doubt this closure – whenever it happens - can ultimately be attributed to the thousands of prayerful volunteers who have witnessed to the beauty of human life in Central Ohio. While we give thanks for these victories, we can never forget that the work is not yet done. As we are reminded in Galatians, let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Greater Columbus Right to Life will hold a prayer vigil at the location once its closing date is confirmed.
Note: The closure of Planned Parenthood was confirmed after reports from current patients and by a phone call placed to the scheduling office. That notwithstanding, it has not yet been announced or publicly affirmed by Planned Parenthood and is subject to change.
Are Clinics committing 4th degree felonies?
Our research was done by reviewing requested public records that are required to be filed by the dispensing physician each time any of a list of serious complications is reported or observed. This report, the “RU-486 Event Report” is required to be reported to the Ohio Medical Board under Ohio Revised Code 2919.123. Our office requested those public records for a time span that included January of 2012 through July of 2017. A compilation of the data revealed several surprises. The first was that we did not expect the increase to be as significant as it was: a five-fold increase in the fifteen months after the label change when compared to the fifteen months prior to the label change. The second was our observation that among the hundreds of public records which our office cataloged, there were no RU-486 Event Reports made by at least one network of for-profit abortion clinics operating in Ohio. There were no reports from either Capital Care Network of Toledo or Founder’s Women’s Health between 2012 and July of 2017, and there were no reports from the now closed Capital Care Network of Columbus (closed in 2012) or the now-closed Capital Care Network of Cuyahoga Falls (closed in 2013). The penalty for knowingly failing to file an RU-486 Event Report is a fourth degree felony on the first offense and a third degree felony for individuals who had previously been convicted of or plead guilty to one of several related offenses.
This is an incredible outlier, but we did not wish to jump to conclusions. After all, it is possible that the clinics did not provide RU-486 and it is theoretically possible that they did provide RU-486 but, unlike any other clinic in Ohio, did not have a single reported complication. Thus, we decided to investigate further prior to making any rushed claims against the businesses.
However, we have identified statements from the current websites of both Capital Care Network of Toledo and Founder’s Women’s Health that indicate the clinics have experienced a failure/complication rate of the abortion pill that is between five and seven percent. Previous versions of the websites for all of the clinics within the Capital Care Network and Founder’s network, including those no longer in operation, state a five percent failure rate of the abortion pill. The FDA label is not consistent with either statistic, as it notes a failure rate of between five and eight percent. There is no reasonable conclusion except that the currently operating Founder’s Women’s Health and Capital Care Network of Columbus as well as the now-closed Capital Care Network clinics have systematically failed to report RU-486 complications to the Ohio Medical Board.
While someone defending the clinics might argue that neglect of the reporting law was unintentional, it is hard to defend that not a single administrator, physician, nurse, staff member, or volunteer at a multi-clinic network of Ohio abortion providers was unaware of this provision in the law. Indeed, that defense begins to grow quite thin when we look at the history and business practices of these clinics. At every level, this network of companies is engaged in business practices that are either completely mismanaged or that willfully ignore the standards that are expected of any entity wishing to do business in the State of Ohio and especially those engaged in the practice of medicine. If it is the former, their facilities are not safe, and if it is the latter, their facilities are not operating in a legal manner.
To further detail some of these claims, it might be helpful to understand the details relating to the closure of Capital Care Network of Cuyahoga Falls as well as the subsequent Ohio Medical Board sanctioning of one of the physicians who practiced there: David Burkons. Mr. Burkons’ medical license was recently suspended for his prescribing practices, including prescriptions of controlled substances. As an aside, there do not appear to be any RU-486 Event Reports for Dr. Burkons when he was providing abortions at a Capital Care Network clinic (and there is no available information proving that he was or was not providing medical abortions and the abortion pill during his time at Capital Care), but after Capital Care Network of Cuyahoga Falls closed, Dr. Burkons opened a clinic in the same location and subsequently filed several RU-486 Event reports. Furthermore, we have recently sent a letter to the Ohio Secretary of State outlining the way in which Founder’s and Capital Care Network have operated (or failed to operate) their business over the past decade. While the delinquencies, unpaid taxes, missed filings, expired licenses, and more appear to be minor at a micro level, at a macro level they show that the clinics have the same contempt for our laws and regulations that they have for the dignity of unborn life.
Furthermore, in our review of the abortion pill label change and the Ohio incidence of abortion pill complications, we encountered a research study conducted by the University of California San Francisco and co-authored by a physician at Planned Parenthood in Columbus. The study analyzed the data on abortion pill complications from four Ohio abortion clinics between 2010 and 2014. Although the study was approved by a local ethics and research board, we noted several areas of concern. We are concerned that the clinics did not gain proper consent from patients before sending their private medical records to researchers. A recent scandal involving aborted fetal research practices outside of Ohio alleged that many (non-Ohio) Planned Parenthood affiliates failed to obtain the proper consent from clinic patients. A second concern is that the research notes indicate a high number of reported lost and incomplete reports that had to be excluded from the research: 352 and 17, respectively. The loss of these reports and subsequent inability to find them is very concerning, as is the failure to maintain complete and accurate patient reports, and should be investigated.
To be very clear: as an organization we believe abortion to be an act of absolute barbaric cruelty against an unborn human. We work every day to build a culture that protects innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death. Were it not for the fact that these businesses exist for the primary purpose of intentionally destroying innocent, unborn, human life, these irregularities would not have come to our attention.
Our work is particularly focused on creating change at the personal level, which is why our focus is working with individuals, families, churches, and communities to change hearts and minds. However, we believe that the scope and scale of what appears to be happening amounts to systematic mismanagement and reckless disregard for accepted business and medical standards that directly places patients in danger and harms communities.
Review the business violations related to these two clinics
Learn more about our abortion pill project
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