FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 18, 2015 [Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati]: Abortionists Seek Locations in Northeast Ohio – Applications Submitted for Surgical Abortion Licenses

Our friends at Right to Life of Northeast Ohio report that two Akron-area abortionists have applied to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) for surgical abortion licenses.

“It’s ironic that these abortionists have applied for licenses from the Ohio Department of Health,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.

“Every abortion facility currently open in Ohio is operating without a license, and thus outside the law. Would even a restaurant or hair salon get away with this?”

From Right to Life of Northeast Ohio
#1 – Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls has re-applied with the Ohio Department of Health for an ambulatory surgical facility license in order to perform surgical abortions at this location. This location does NOT have a license, but has advertised surgical abortions on their website since they opened in January of 2014. They were denied a license in July of 2014 after failure of their general health inspection.

The location was originally known as Capital Care Network of Cuyahoga Falls and operated by abortionist Thomas Michaelis. Michaelis is a convicted child sex offender who lost his Ohio medical license in 1992, moved out of state, returned to Ohio, was given his Ohio license back, and then hired to work as the abortionist in Toledo and Cuyahoga Falls for Capital Care Network. During his time in Cuyahoga Falls, he brought in David Burkons, an abortionist from Cleveland who worked at Planned Parenthood Bedford and at Preterm. Burkons alone was responsible for 41% of the botched medication abortions in 2013 in the state of Ohio.

In 2013, Ohio Department of Health and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency closed down the Capital Care Network in Cuyahoga Falls for a huge list of health, safety and drug violations. Michaelis continued to work in the Toledo location, and brought Burkons there as well.

In January of 2014, Burkons re-opened the Cuyahoga Falls location under the new name of Northeast Ohio Women’s Center, changing nothing but the name, and not addressing the violations for which the facility had been closed for in 2013. In the meantime, Michaelis was indicted on child pornography, had his medical license permanently revoked, and left Burkons the sole abortionist at the Toledo location.

#2 – David Burkons, ALSO the medical director of Preterm in Cleveland (the location where LaKisha Wilson died during a late term abortion, and for which a whistleblower revealed information pointing to criminal negligence by both Preterm and abortionist Lisa Perriera) is planning on opening a Preterm abortion facility in the Akron area. We do not yet know the location or details.

ODH had full knowledge of the deficiencies at Preterm which contributed to the death of LaKisha Wilson.

Action: Contact the Ohio Department of Health and demand that they not issue any further ambulatory surgical licenses to abortion centers, especially to the two facilities above for all the reasons mentioned, and because ODH at present cannot properly manage the 8 abortion centers now operating without a license.

Mr. Richard Hodges, Director
Ohio Department of Health
246 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-3543

Contact Summa Akron City/St. Thomas Hospital and demand that they withdraw the transfer agreement they have signed with Northeast Ohio Women’s Center for failure to pass their health inspection, and to refuse to sign a transfer agreement with Preterm or David Burkons because of their history of violations and actions contributing to unsafe conditions for their clients.

Dr. Thomas Malone, President & CEO
Summa Health System
525 East Market St.
Akron OH 44304

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