Severing Ties to the Abortion Industry
By Morgan Getts, Ohio Regional Coordinator
On Saturday, March 3rd Northwest Ohio Teens for Life, a Students for Life group decided enough is enough. The group organized a rally to send a message to the ProMedica Network that they do not agree with their decision to sign a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network, an abortion facility located in Toledo, OH. On September 12, 2017 the Ohio Supreme Court heard the case, Capital Care Network of Toledo v. State of Ohio Department of Health. The court held that Capital Care Network could only remain open if it obtained a transfer agreement from a local hospital. Once ProMedica signed the transfer agreement with Capital Care Network, the last abortion facility in Toledo, OH was able to continue its abortion business. Capital Care Network kills about 900 unborn babies every year through surgical abortions. By signing the transfer agreement with Capital Care Network, ProMedica has chosen to take part, ensuring that this killing continues.
Northwest Ohio Teens for Life is a regional group, meaning the students in their group live in Fostoria, Tiffin, and Findlay, Ohio. One of the main concerns of the group is that this transfer agreement is going to force community members to pick between their belief that all life is sacred and receiving healthcare at their local community hospital run by ProMedica. The group’s press release states, “We are here today to tell ProMedica that we want to keep our local hospitals and the wonderful people who work here, but we are not willing to compromise our values by supporting a medical health system which has formed an agreement with an abortion mill where killing babies is their business.” Northwest Ohio Teens for Life and the dozens of local demonstrators from Fostoria and the surrounding area, urge the board and president/CEO of ProMedica to break the transfer agreement with Capital Care Network before any more damage is done and babies lives are lost.
According to 2016 statistics from the Ohio Department of Health, 898 surgical abortions were performed in Lucas County, with Capital Care Network as the only provider of surgical abortions in that county. After breaking down the numbers, it comes out to an average of 2.46 abortions per day. Without the completion of the transfer agreement, Capital Care Network would have closed due to their violation of the law. However, because of ProMedica, they remain open and in operation. Northwest Ohio Teens for Life wants it to be known that the people who live in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan are keeping track. Furthermore, they ask people who live all over Ohio to keep track of the lives lost as they ask ProMedica to reverse their decision to sign the agreement.
Sam Seibert, the Co-President of Northwest Ohio Teens for Life ended the rally by saying, “Whatever you choose to do, let ProMedica know that we want to keep our local hospital, but we are not willing to compromise our values by supporting a medical health system which believes that health care includes killing unborn babies. Please don’t let this opportunity to take a stand go by without doing your part.”
If you would like to help Northwest Ohio Teens for Life in this effort, here are two things you can do:
- Write ProMedica- tell them you know about their decision to sign the transfer agreement and let them know how you feel about it. Let them know that their decision is impacting local ProMedica hospitals in towns that currently rely on their community’s ProMedica hospitals. Community members are refusing to use their local ProMedica hospital as their care facility, and people who work there are reconsidering their employment. ProMedica Headquarters is located at 100 Madison Ave. Toledo, OH 43604.
- Post a comment on their Facebook Page, and give them the rating you feel they deserve for this decision, along with any comments you want to make. Simply search the word “ProMedica” on Facebook.