On June 7, Matthew Connolly, a pro-life activist and Red Rose Rescuer, searched the trash cans of the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center (NEOWC) abortion clinic located at 2021 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls.
Then he noticed something deeply depressing and shocking: the dismembered body of a 16 to 18-week-old fetus, killed by the dilation and evacuation method. In addition, medical waste such as bloody sheets, soiled suction cannulas, and personal information on dozens of patients on items such as urine specimen bottles were along with the aborted babies’ parts.
Connolly and a local pro-life activist made subsequent searches of NEOWC trash containers from June 8 to June 29. A total of 31 female names were found, potentially resulting in the NEOWC being cited for HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) violations.
On Friday, July 9, the four Red Rose Rescuers will go on trial for their life-saving efforts, just two days after Ohio Right to Life and Right to Life of Northeast Ohio conducted a well-attended press conference on July 7 that led to widespread media attention of the NEOWC trash dumpster discovery. At 10:30 a.m. Judge Kim Hoover will begin the RRR trial at 4400 Courthouse Blvd., Stow, Ohio. Ohio attorney Donald Hicks is defending them, and they intend to ask for a collective defense on behalf of the unborn who are scheduled for abortion and their moms who need help to choose life.
Sherri Lynn Grossman, the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center administrator, claimed she received notice of the accusations on Wednesday and denied them all, reports LifeSiteNews.
She claimed there could not have been any inappropriate disposal of fetal remains, medical waste, or patient information.
“Absolutely not — absolutely not,” she said. “We have very strict policies and procedures in place,” she also warned that any attempt by the groups to retrieve anything left at the location might be considered criminal trespassing.
The NEOWC has a negative history. David Burkons, one of the clinic’s top abortionists, had his license suspended for six months after being charged with supplying “under the table” harmful narcotics to patients and friends. The clinic’s license had expired when it was discovered in March 2019. A 29-year-old lady was transported by ambulance from the clinic on July 25, 2020, after experiencing “uncontrolled bleeding” as a result of complications with the abortion procedure.
Mark Harrington, president of Created Equal, said, “The tragedy here is not just that a baby’s body was found in an abortion clinic dumpster, as bad as that is. The tragedy is that 2,300 children meet the same fate as this child every day with little to no outrage. Our hope is that this abortion center, along with every abortion center in America, will be shut down, because they murder children, not because they do not dispose of the bodies properly. With that said, we will work with government officials to hold this clinic accountable to Ohio law.”
Denise Leipold, executive director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio claimed that all of the objects discovered in the trash had been photographically documented. “Everything was thrown into an unsecured waste can,” she said, adding that the facility is next to a school and an apartment complex.
Allie Frazier, Ohio Right to Life director of communications, said, “We have been told time and time again that this never happens, that babies’ bodies are never thrown in the trash.”
She continued, “This is happening in Ohio. It is an egregious violation of the law and basic human decency.”
“Going forward, Ohio Right to Life will do everything in our power to hold this abortion clinic responsible,” she said. “Abortion facilities are not exempt from following Ohio law.”