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Ohio Targets Last Cincinnati Abortion Clinic for Closure

October 28, 2014 — The Ohio Department of Health last week told Cincinnati's last abortion clinic that it could lose its license if it does not comply with an Ohio law that requires clinics to obtain a transfer agreement with a local hospital, the AP/Modern Healthcare reports (AP/Modern Healthcare, 10/25).

The state's budget, which took effect Sept. 30, 2013, includes a provision that requires abortion clinics to secure a transfer agreement with a private hospital and prohibits them from making such arrangements with public hospitals.

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio requested a hearing and summary judgment in its lawsuit against the transfer agreement requirement and several other antiabortion-rights measures included in the budget (Women's Health Policy Report, 9/10).

Clinic Unable To Meet Requirement

Rick Pender, vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, said that the clinic will not be able to fulfill the requirement.

Pender said that the clinic, which is operated by PPSOR, previously had a transfer agreement with the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. However, he said the agreement ended when the new transfer agreement requirements prohibiting arrangements with public hospitals took effect. He noted that most other hospitals in the area are Catholic.

Pender also noted that the state has not acted on the clinic's request for an alternative emergency-care agreement with physicians from the area's remaining hospital (AP/Modern Healthcare, 10/25).