Ohio Gov. John Kasich appointed Ohio Right to Life President Michael Gonidakis to the State Medical Board.
Gonidakis said he is not involved in the complaint and would consider recusing himself from proceedings if advised by Medical Board attorneys or he sees a reason to do so.
NARAL ProChoice Ohio said it has not yet seen the complaint and could not comment on the matter.
Women’s Med Center has twice been turned down for a waiver to a requirement that abortion clinics have transfer agreements with local hospitals in case of emergencies. The center has been arguing before state health officials that it has adequate plans to deal with emergencies.
The transfer agreement requirement, added to state law in 2013, has led to the closure of abortion clinics in Ohio.
State Medical Board spokeswoman Tessie Pollock could not confirm whether a complaint has been filed, citing confidentiality rules. But she noted that informed consent is essential to a physician’s standard of care.
She added that the board has taken action against licensees for failure to get informed consent, including the 1988 case against Dr. James C. Burt of Dayton. Burt, known as the “Love Doctor,” surrendered his license in 1989 based on allegations that he performed experimental surgery on women’s genitals, sometimes without their consent.
The action against Burt came 14 years after publication of his book, Surgery of Love, in which he detailed performing post-delivery surgery over the preceeding 22 years. Details of that case can be found here: http://med.ohio.gov/portals/0/formala/35017329.pdf