The stay is prolonged while Judge Metz says he is evaluating a Magistrate’s verdict upholding the Ohio Department of Health’s order to close for failing to meet lawful health and safety standards for patients.
After the ODH order in January, the Women’s Med Center remained open under a stay of execution granted by Judge Metz – the same judge to whom the case was initially assigned. Now that Judge Metz has extended the stay, the Women’s Med Center still remains open to operate outside the law without meeting medical safety standards required of all ambulatory surgical facilities in the state.
On June 30th, Magistrate Michael Bachman upheld the Ohio Health Department’s order that Martin Haskell’s Women’s Med Center abortion business in Sharonville, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, be denied a license and closed for operating outside the law.
Magistrate Bachman’s decision, formally docketed, July 10, 2014, states: “The Stay granted in this matter granted on January 31, 2014 shall end at the close of business (4 p.m.) on the day this Magistrate’s Decision is docketed.”
Judge Metz is responsible for the final action to accept, deny, or modify the Magistrate’s decision. Attorneys for the abortion business have 14 days to file objections to the Magistrate’s decision for Judge Metz to review.
“The protection granted this abortion provider to keep operating outside the law at the risk of women’s health and safety is astounding,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.
Judge Metz is up for re-election this November. He is running against Charles Miller.