State Medical Board Director To Recuse Himself From Controversial Case

Aug 23, 2016

Mike Gonidakis
Credit WCBE Files

The anti-abortion group leader who also heads the state medical board says he will recuse himself from voting on a complaint involving three abortion providers he has publicly criticized.

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Earlier this month, Ohio Right to Life filed a complaint with the state’s medical board, accusing three Dayton physicians of performing an abortion on a woman who was could not give consent because she had been drugged or impaired. Ohio Right to Life’s president Mike Gonidakis is also the president of the state medical board. Common Cause spokeswoman Catherine Turcer says he should step down.


“And he’s made it really clear that he’s already made a decision in a case that is coming before the state medical board.”


Gonadakis says he won’t be deciding that case.


“I will recuse myself from the case, just to avoid the appearance of a conflict.”


However, Gonadakis says he won’t step down from the board. He says he’s done a good job and wants to continue as President of the Medical Board until his term is up at the end of next year.