2 abortion providers in NE Ohio quietly close doors

Anti-abortion groups publicized the closures of Akron Women's Medical Group and Cleveland Women's Medical Group

In this July 28, 2015, file photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas.
FILE - In this July 28, 2015, file photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – One of Ohio’s nine remaining full-service abortion clinics and a second facility providing medication-only abortions have quietly closed in the past month.

Anti-abortion groups publicized the closures of Akron Women’s Medical Group and Cleveland Women’s Medical Group this week. The Ohio Department of Health says their licenses remain active.

The news came in the same week that the owner of a third northeast Ohio abortion facility had his medical license suspended for six months.

David Burkons wasn’t regularly practicing at the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center, in Cuyahoga Falls, which remains open.

Ohio Right to Life praised the closures as a victory on their “path to zero” abortion clinics.

Abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said Ohio’s unfriendly political climate has made providing legal abortions increasingly difficult.

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