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Court Gives Dayton Abortion Facility 30 Days to Close

Contact: Mark Harrington, Created Equal, 614-419-9000, Mark@CreatedEqual.org

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 23, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- Notorious abortionist Martin Haskell's Dayton, OH area abortion facility has been ordered to close. For years, Created Equal's ProjectWeakLink has partnered with local activists to seek closure of the doors of this facility and others run by Haskell. In 2016, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) ordered Haskell to close the Dayton facility. However, Haskell entered litigation, during which Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman ruled he could stay open. That lawsuit, however, has come to an end. Judge Wiseman has ruled in favor of ODH's previous decision and has given Haskell 30 days to close or appeal.

Mark Harrington wrote, "Unlike the babies Haskell kills, the courts have continued to give him life. However, he is running out of options. Created Equal has been part of this battle for years and will continue to do so irrespective of the decisions of Judges."

For years, Martin Haskell, infamous for his popularization of the partial-birth abortion procedure, has skirted Ohio law requiring abortion facilities to have a transfer agreement with a local hospital. In 2015, Created Equal targeted Haskell's relationship with Wright State Physicians (WSP) group—driving mobile billboards throughout Dayton, OH and mailing postcards to neighbors of WSP members enabling Haskell—by which he'd received a variance to operate without the transfer agreement.

In 2016, Haskell failed to secure the needed physicians to support his variance. Thus, his facility license for the Dayton abortion facility was revoked by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Jennifer Branch, Haskell's attorney, credited Created Equal's ProjectWeakLink with the decision. From the Associated Press story,

    The anti-abortion group Created Equal had launched a campaign aimed at calling out doctors involved in abortions, which included posters, mailers and vehicles circulating through the doctors' neighborhoods publicizing their names.

    'Other ob/gyn's in the community saw what was going on and didn't want to be part of it,' Branch said.

Haskell's facility entered into an appeal following the license revocation, and Judge Wiseman ruled it could stay open during litigation. Now, Wiseman has ruled in favor of ODH's previous decision. The clinic must close within 30 days unless an appeal is filed.