April 8, 2013 — The University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio has announced it will revoke medical transfer rights from one local abortion clinic and stop negotiations with another abortion provider to obtain the rights, the Toledo Blade reports. The university gave no explanation for the decisions.
An Ohio law requires ambulatory care centers, including abortion clinics, to have medical transfer agreements with local hospitals in case patients experience complications.
Ohio Right to Life on Thursday released letters from UTMC President Lloyd Jacobs informing Capital Care Network and the Center for Choice of the university's decision.
Capital Care signed an agreement with UTMC last year after the state Department of Health fined the center and threated to suspend its license. Last month, Ohio Right to Life held a news conference on the school's campus to protest the arrangement.
Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said the antiabortion-rights group "bullied" the university into canceling the agreements. "If other transfer agreements cannot be secured, these clinics may be forced to close," Copeland said, adding, "Closing legal abortion clinics is not going to stop women from having abortions, it will just make them extremely dangerous" (Troy, Toledo Blade, 4/4).