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Judge Orders Martin Haskell's Abortion Clinic to Shut Down

  • Amanda Casanova
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Aug 18
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A judge in Ohio ruled last week that a late-term abortion practitioner must shut down his abortion facility.


Martin Haskell, who owns the facility, has sued the Ohio Department of Health after it initially ordered Haskell to close down the business. According to the department, the facility does not meet the minimum

medical safety standards required by Ohio law.


Haskell was issued a stay, but then last week, Judge Jerry Metz ruled to uphold the Ohio Department of Health’s order.


“Shutting down Haskell’s facility is a long-sought victory for the pro-life movement,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “As the self-proclaimed ‘poster child’ of partial birth abortion, Martin Haskell has endangered southwest Ohio children for the last 30 years. We are hopeful that this will be the final order that puts Haskell out of business in Sharonville.”


Haskell’s Med Center could appeal to the First Appellate District Court of Appeals or appeal to the court for another stay.


“Judge Metz has now protected women’s health and safety by enforcing lawful medical safety requirements,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “We are cautiously optimistic, as we do not know whether Martin Haskell will appeal to the next court.”


In the 1990s, Haskell helped develop the now-banned practice of “Partial-Birth Abortion.”



Publication date: August 18, 2014