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‘Nothing I’ve ever done is more satisfying’: Abortionist circumvents state law, draws media praise

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The Akron Beacon Journal, an Ohio newspaper, has published a glowing review of notorious abortionist David Burkons. What the Journal fails to mention, however, is Burkons’ history of injuring women, neglecting to properly record opioid drug prescriptions, and keeping his facilities in decrepit condition. Instead, the newspaper applauds Beckons for his ability to circumvent state laws and operate with an expired license.

“As one of Ohio’s most prolific abortion doctors, Burkons’ ability to innovate around legislative restrictions has allowed his operations to double capacity while clinics across Ohio are closing,” the Journal stated, early in the article. “His Cuyahoga Falls clinic is one of six remaining in the state that offers surgical abortions, in addition to medical abortions that use oral medication to end pregnancies.”

Burkons’ “innovation” is seemingly in reference to the fact that the facility, Northeast Ohio Women’s Center, has operated with an expired license. In 2013, it was closed due to health violations; another failed deficiency report in 2017 had 24 pages worth of violations. The same year — 2017 — Burkons’ license to practice medicine was suspended. He remained on probation until February of 2021.

The Journal further celebrates that Burkons’ abortion business is flourishing with telemedicine abortion, which has doubled since 2021. He spends a mere five minutes with patients in these virtual appointments — a dangerous lack of care. Meanwhile, the Journal praised his business as thriving, writing that he has seen “a combined 84% increase in abortions, from 1,899 to 3,498. The business is on pace to hit 3,850 abortions in 2022.”

READ: ‘Unsafe’: Report on abortion facility inspections reveals horrific injuries and deaths

Burkons was also given space in the article to explain why his license was suspended — for failing to properly report opioid drug prescriptions — and he blamed it on Ohio Right to Life. “I was writing a lot of prescriptions here — and they claimed that they were not properly documented, and they did this big investigation. If you read the paper, they found one prescription that was signed but there was nothing to it,” he said. “They claimed there were hundreds. There was one.”

Yet in the official complaint, Burkons admitted — both to the medical board investigator, and under oath — that he signed blank prescriptions for his staff to hand out later. The complaint also lists six specific patients, not hundreds, whose opioid prescriptions he did not report. The complaint further mentions “patients 1 through 14” as not having their controlled substances recorded in their patient records. The Journal did not include the information listed in the complaint.

Burkons also told the Journal that his job committing abortions is the most satisfying thing he does because he gets rid of a “problem” for women. The problem, of course, is a child.

“Nothing I’ve ever done is more satisfying than this. You just come into work, and every patient walks in with a problem and they walk out without that problem,” he said. “They still have the problems that brought (them here) — you know, a bad relationship, money. There’s nothing we can do about that. But this we can take care of.”

So when women feel that abortion is their only choice because they are in an abusive relationship or are living in poverty, Burkons is not interested in providing them with actual support and resources to help them overcome those issues, as pro-life pregnancy centers do. That wouldn’t make him any money. Instead, he profits financially by killing their children for hundreds or thousands of dollars and sends the women right back into the same situation they were in before.

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