Ohio abortionist’s license suspended David Burkons unable to perform abortions for next six months
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Katherine Franklin DATE: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, the State Medical Board of Ohio voted to suspend the license of Northeast Ohio abortionist David Burkons for improperly prescribing medications to patients between 2011 and 2014. The board suspended his license for six months after an investigation revealed Burkons to have been signing blank prescriptions, leaving them with his staff, and failing to record the prescriptions in patient documents. The blank prescriptions would end up being used to prescribe controlled substances such as Vicodin, Valium and Xanax.“After years of playing fast and loose with the health and safety of Ohio’s women and children, David Burkons is finally facing some sense of justice,” said Devin Scribner, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “For at least three years, this abortionist was a part of the prescription drug crisis that has ravaged this state. It is disturbing, although not surprising, that his disregard for human life would extend even to the women he professes to serve.”
The suspension of his license could have a statewide impact. Burkons owns and operates the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls, an abortion facility he took over in 2014 when the previous abortion business there was closed by the Ohio Department of Health for a slate of health and safety violations. In Cleveland, he serves as the medical director at Preterm, Ohio’s largest abortion facility. Two other facilities, Founder’s Women’s Health Center in Columbus and Capital Care Network of Toledo, have also relied on him for performing abortions.
“The suspension of this license is sure to rock Ohio’s abortion industry for at least the next 6 months,” said Scribner. “With four of the state’s abortion facilities relying on Burkons’s horrific abortion practice, this decision will undoubtedly protect countless lives in Northeast Ohio and beyond. From botching abortions to quietly reopening a shuttered abortion mill under a new name, this abortionist has slid under the regulatory radar of the state for years without discipline. Although unrelated to his fatal abortion practice, it is refreshing to see Burkons facing consequences for gambling with the health and safety of his patients.”
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.
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President Donald Trump was among the very first of the generation known as the Baby Boomers, who were born just after World War II. June 14 is his birthday and I am asking you to join me in wishing him a very happy birthday this Wednesday.
But I need you to act on this right away. I leave for Washington on Wednesday morning and want to have your good wishes in my hands when I go, so that I can bring them to the White House!
A native New Yorker, President Trump was born in Jamaica Bay Hospital in Queens.
First Lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, are moving into the White House on the president’s birthday so we know it’s going to be a great day for him. Among the birthday greetings he’ll receive from heads of state, I would like him to be deluged with well wishes from grateful Americans. Will you help me with this project?
This is a man to whom we, who love the Church and love the unborn, owe a lot of gratitude. Not only is he serving our country as President, but he is fighting for our values and for our faith!
“This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden…” – Ezekiel 36:35
Friends for Life:
God is doing an amazing work in Northwest Ohio. Calling forth new and emerging leaders in the pro-life and Gospel community, both Catholic and Protestant, to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the lost, forsaken and broken. Is he calling you?
I have no doubt the Lord is calling you, calling you to deeper commitment, deeper trust, deeper surrender to the Lord and His Church for the sake of the Kingdom. Perhaps he is calling you as never before to be engaged in the fundamental and essential battle for life.
If so, please consider joining us tomorrow, Wednesday May 31st on the sidewalk of Capital Care Abortion Facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo at 6:30 p.m. for an hour of peaceful, loving and joyful prayer. Each month we gather to be a witness to the abundant life and to raise awareness in the community of the innocent lives that are lost at the last remaining abortion facility in Northwest Ohio. Please consider joining us tomorrow night!
Finally, my wife Laura was kind enough to allow me to host the annual Respect Life “Vision Meeting” at our home on May 11th. We were blessed by 3 tremendous priests from the Diocese of Toledo, as well as 22 other leaders from some fantastic pro-life organizations in Northwest Ohio. I look forward to how the Holy Spirit will unfold what was prayed on and discussed, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you what I shared with those leaders concerning the “The Big 4” initiatives I’m working on this upcoming year and how you can be involved. Please see attached handout (The Big 4) to read about those initiatives.
Together, with and through God’s grace,. The abortion facility in Toledo with our fervent prayer, witness and olive branch to those inside will eventually close. God is doing this. God is doing this amazing work, why not join him in it today?
For the King,
p.s. In case you missed it last month, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, now chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reacted to the announcement by the Democratic National Committee’s chair pledging support only for pro-abortion candidates. Calling the pledge “very disturbing,” Cardinal Dolan urged party members to “challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position.” You can read more from the Statement attached. As active members of any political party, it is incumbent upon us to fight for the voiceless within our party and nation!
Abortions rise as prenatal care diminishes at Planned Parenthood
After several months of delay, Planned Parenthood finally released its 2015-2016 Annual Report over Memorial Day weekend, celebrating its 100th anniversary and promising to stick around for another 100 years. The report details substantial changes in services over the last fiscal year, namely an increase in abortions and a decrease in prenatal care.
In 2014-2015, Planned Parenthood reported 323,999 abortions. In 2015-2016, that number rose to 328,348—a 13 percent increase. As of this report, Planned Parenthood’s share of the U.S. abortion market now stands at a stunning 35.6 percent.
Meanwhile, prenatal services at Planned Parenthood have been cut in half. In just one year, Planned Parenthood’s prenatal services fell from 17,419 to 9,149.
Additionally, contraception, pregnancy tests, cancer screenings, and breast exams all dropped in 2015-2016. Across the board, Planned Parenthood lost about 100,000 clients.
All the while, taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood actually increased by nearly $1 million, giving the abortion chain a whopping $554.6 million.
As Planned Parenthood continues to demand taxpayer funding, their annual report is telling us exactly why they don’t deserve it. Abortions are rising, but many of its other services (which it’s hidden behind for years to keep the money flowing) are declining.
After 100 years of de-humanization, it’s time the United States cuts its ties with Planned Parenthood.Click here to tell Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood and forward this email to two friends, asking them to do the same. This annual report should drive us to action! Take a stand for human Life today!
*ANNUAL RIGHT TO LIFE GERANIUM SALE (weekend before Mother’s Day weekend): Thanks to everyone who purchased geraniums in 2017! This is our major fundraiser for the year so it’s very important that we have a successful sale! Thanks for helping us promote the sanctity of human life from conception til natural death! We wish to Thank everyone who purchased the LIFE geraniums! The weather was terrible the sale dates so it took a while to find homes for all of the flowers but thanks to God’s help we can take our signs down!! LIFE is God-given!
May 11, 2017 (LifeIssues) — This month marks my 42nd year of pro-life activism. I’d like to tell you it began when I was a year old, but that would be lying. I was in high school and did a persuasive speech on abortion.
Yesterday morning I received a Facebook message from a dear friend from the past, who in the early ’80s was known to most every pro-life advocate in the nation.
She asked a question that is on the minds of many pro-life Americans today.
She hit the pro-life scene with hair dyed in vibrant colors, was a member of a rock band and wore feathers in her hair. She was clearly not the typical grassroots pro-lifer.
Nancyjo Mann was the first woman to widely go public about her late-term abortion, sharing her remorse and horrific experience. The abortionist not only killed her baby, but butchered her body so badly she was never able to get pregnant again. Further, his ineptness created lifelong physical and emotional complications she deals with to this day.
Upon his first introduction to this colorful young woman, my former colleague, Dr. Jack Willke, saw the tremendous value Nancyjo and others like her would bring to the movement. Her flamboyant exterior actually enhanced her dramatic and moving message.
Through Facebook, Nancyjo asked my candid opinion regarding the effectiveness of the modern-day pro-life movement. She was concerned that we haven’t progressed. We still face many of the same issues we did back during her peak of involvement. Churches are still reluctant to take a stand on the most compelling civil rights issue of our day, not to mention the profound spiritual implications of ministering to women and men in crisis and those struggling as Nancyjo did after the abortion.
At times is seems that only a cattle prod would provide adequate motivation for Congress to liberate America’s preborn children. Judges continue to usurp the right to life of nearly 60-million children and ignore the desperate need for legislative safeguards that protect the physical and emotional needs of women who have abortions.
Nancyjo, I understand your concern, but have an altogether different viewpoint of the movement. I’m more optimistic than I’ve ever been, and the late, great Dr. and Mrs. Willke shared my enthusiasm before their deaths.
In addition to the imagery of abortion’s victims, long-used by pro-lifers, ultrasound and vivid pictures of prenatal life have flung open the window to the womb for all to peer in. This undeniable evidence has turned many hearts and minds away from so-called choice to support LIFE.
The pro-life movement has become very media-savvy. We’re more sophisticated than the days of the Willke slide set, brochures and Handbook on Abortion. Social media is fertile ground for creative pro-life videos and still visuals. Over the last few decades, pro-life websites have sprung up like dandelions in spring, offering educational information, motivation and direction to equip others to be ambassadors for the babies. Life Issues Institute’s website has over 5,000 pages of pro-life educational information from cloning to euthanasia.
The viral videos revealing the sale of aborted baby body parts and other undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood have been instrumental in eroding their brand. A few short years ago the idea of taking away their tax funding was a pipe dream, but now it’s a realistic possibility.
Womens resource clinics and centers offer state-of-the-art medical services and information that empower women to say yes to life, even under the most difficult circumstances.
Never before have individual states elected more pro-life candidates and passed more life-saving legislation, which has left the other side reeling in disarray.
And then there’s America’s pro-life youth…
The contribution of talent and enthusiasm of our nation’s young people cannot be overstated. They have brought with them a boldness and professionalism that has been welcomed with open arms.
At 18, I was thankful for the Willke materials, but would have given my right arm for the technical resources and camaraderie enjoyed by today’s young pro-lifers. And they’re putting it to good use.
All of this and more causes me to truly believe that abortion is living on borrowed time, and instinctively, pro-abortion activists realize the same. But we won’t cross the finish line unless we work together, arm-in-arm to protect the most defenseless and vulnerable among us. And right now we’re experiencing the most promising time that I’ve seen in decades.
What are you doing today to help protect life? Your choices are almost endless.
Here is the episode of Facing Life Head On that featured Nancyjo’s story.