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Gonidakis said Monday that he will recuse himself from hearing the Women’s Med Center case.
Three weeks ago, Gonidakis said he had no plans to recuse himself.
“When we spoke earlier in the month I did not have an analysis of Ohio Ethics laws and conflicts of interests laws. In the weeks since we spoke, I have had the opportunity to research and reflect on the law. My decision to recuse myself is to avoid even the appearance of impropriety,” Gonidakis told this newspaper.
He added that he has no plans to resign from the medical board and he will decide whether to recuse himself on future cases involving abortion providers as the cases come up.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich appointed Gonidakis to one of three seats on the medical board that represents health care consumers.
Theis, who supports abortion rights, organized the letter to the medical board and ProgressOhio also filed a formal complaint against Gonidakis with the Ohio Ethics Commission to force him off the medical board.
Other groups signing the letter to the medical board include: Doctors for Health Care Solutions, Common Cause Ohio, Ohio National Organization for Women, Innovation Ohio and the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus.
Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice did not sign on. But NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Deputy Director Jaime Miracle previously said in a written statement of the complaint against he Kettering clinic: “The State Medical Board cannot be impartial while led by Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life. The board should reject the complaint. This is a political witch hunt. This is not how medical professionals should be treated in Ohio.”
Complaints filed with the State Medical Board of Ohio are confidential while under investigation. Ohio has 47,000 physicians actively licensed in the state.