New Regulations in Ohio Threaten to Close Two More Clinics


Two additional Ohio abortion clinics—a Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati and the Women’s Med Center in Dayton—are in legal limbo as a result of new restrictions signed by Gov. John Kasich, which could block access to safe, legal abortion for residents in the western half of the state.

The new restrictions have to do with whether a clinic can obtain a transfer agreement with an area hospital that would accept the clinic’s patients in an emergency, and whether a clinic can get a “variance” to exempt it from this requirement. Added to the state budget this summer, the regulations ban public, taxpayer-funded hospitals from entering into such transfer agreements, and allow the state health department to rescind a variance for any reason.

Public hospitals are already required to care for all emergency room patients, including any patient who has a complication from an abortion, regardless of whether a clinic has a transfer agreement. Only 0.18 percent of abortions in Ohio in 2012 resulted in any complications, which may or may not have necessitated an emergency room visit. “Having a transfer agreement is nothing more than paperwork,” Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, told RH Reality Check. “The notion that public hospitals were ever spending money on non-therapeutic abortions is a solution in search of problem. It wasn’t happening.”

RH Reality Check previously reported that if all of the Ohio clinics threatened with closure are forced to close, the state would only have nine clinics left; it had 14 at the beginning of the year. Now that number could be as low as seven. Three clinics—in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls, and Toledo—already closed voluntarily this year amid regulatory pressures, and four now face uncertain fates: one in Toledo, one in Dayton, and two in the Cincinnati area.

The Cincinnati Planned Parenthood’s transfer agreement with the University of Cincinnati’s UC Health center was not renewed. Despite the fact that UC Health is legally a private hospital, hospital executives feared the law would still apply to them because UC Health is run by a public university. Planned Parenthood’s request for a variance that would let them stay in operation regardless is still pending.

The Women’s Med Center in Dayton’s recent application for a variance is also pending, and the Women’s Med Center in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville is appealing the health department’s rejection of its variance request.

Capital Care Women’s Center in Toledo remains open while appealing a state closure order after the public University of Toledo Medical Center preemptively rescinded its transfer agreement to avoid controversy.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that if both Cincinnati-area clinics close, the region would be the largest metropolitan area in the country without an abortion clinic. But Toledo and Dayton are also both in danger of losing their sole providers. If this happened, only women in central Ohio, near Columbus, or in northeastern Ohio, near Cleveland or Akron, would have access to abortion in their state without traveling great distances. And Ohio’s mandatory 24-hour waiting period requires making multiple trips to the clinic, putting an extra burden on women whose jobs, families, or financial straits restrict their ability to travel.

“You’re looking at hundreds of miles of round-trip travel required, which is ultimately an insurmountable barrier for some,” said Copeland. “It doesn’t matter if abortion remains legal if it’s so inaccessible you can’t get one when you need one.”

Already, some women in Ohio are crossing the border to Michigan to obtain abortions because of clinic closures in their own state. The Cleveland provider that closed this year, run by Dr. Martin Ruddock, also moved to Michigan, in part because Ohio’s laws regarding abortions performed after 20 weeks made it difficult to tend to patients with fetal abnormalities, Copeland said.

Nine states have transfer agreement requirements like Ohio’s, but Ohio is the only state that limits which type of hospital can enter into them. This restriction is especially tricky for clinics, because many private hospitals are Catholic-affiliated and want nothing to do with abortion services.

“We’re not talking about patient safety,” said Copeland. “We’re talking about regulatory red tape and, frankly, regulatory abuse.”

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  • http://www.gahe.co/ Gahe

    These can be accepted and we see that it is quite reasonable when one really wants in decent to strong growth in the future.

    • dance commander

      word salad

    • Jennifer Starr

      reported for being spam

  • Charbel El-chaar

    one day of these killing centers will be closed forever

    • dance commander

      Why do you hate women so much?

    • Arekushieru

      Also, your photo is incorrect. Abortion terminates pregnancy, it neither kills nor involves children.

    • dance commander

      You’re a dumb piece of shit.

      • Charbel El-chaar

        May God bless you and His word change you

        • dance commander

          Boring.

          • Charbel

            Loving not hating

          • Arekushieru

            Actually, you’re the one who is hating…. Hating women, that is….

          • Charbel

            abortion is in fact an act of hate

          • Arekushieru

            Nope. Forced sex and pregnancy are in fact hatred of women.

          • Jennifer Starr

            You are not loving.

        • Arekushieru

          I hope God’s word changes you to become a more loving person towards women, because HE unlike you, is not a misogynist.

  • Charbel El-chaar

    Abortion causes more death then warfare, many people oppose abortion then those who support it

    • dance commander

      Pregnancy, throughout history, has resulted in more dead women than warfare.

      You ignorant woman hating fuckface.

      • Charbel

        why are you angry?
        it is not good for you to be angry

        • dance commander

          I’m not actually angry.

          It’s just that intelligent discourse is wasted on a fool such as yourself.

        • Arekushieru

          Women can’t be angry when men tell them they have no more worth than as breeders? Wow, now that’s taking a misogyny just a teeny step too far, you ignorant ass.

  • Charbel

    I did not know that I am on pro abortion website, Let us expand on the slogan reproductive health
    It means sex education to promote and sell contraception chemical and surgical abortions.
    it have nothing to do with health but cause harm to women health and kills children

    • dance commander

      If you cared about women you would not force them to be reproductive slaves.

      • Charbel

        I am not talking to you

        • Arekushieru

          …says the person who just talked to DC….

          • Ella Warnock

            Lol.

        • dance commander

          Because you are incapable of writing, let alone thinking coherently

        • Ella Warnock

          ***FLOUNCE***

    • Charbel

      It is good to know how you think . This makes us stronger to learn how to defend life

      • Arekushieru

        You think rape causes no harm to a woman’s health? If you do, HYPOCRITE.

        Contraception reduces the instances of abortion. But you don’t care as long as you can force women to breed and give birth as often as possible, killing them with the second most deadly medical condition for women.

        If abortion isn’t medical care, then neither is pregnancy, labour or delivery care. OOPS.

        All that is required to make something health care is to return someone to (as near as) their former state of health.

        Abstinence-only leaves young women vulnerable to sexual assault. They do not understand the concept of consent, fully, after all. Therefore, leaving them vulnerable to antis who would force them to undergo what essentially constitutes a second rape if a pregnancy did result from the first rape. You call that loving? You say that heals women? You ARE ignorant. DERP.

        • Charbel

          Abstinence-only leaves young women vulnerable to sexual assault?

          This show how idiot you r

          • JamieHaman

            Look up what Elizabeth Sharp had to say about being raped. Why she knew she was “used goods” and how she believed no one, including her parents would want her non-virgin self back anymore. Look it up yourself.

          • Jennifer Starr

            I’d say the only idiot here is you.

          • Arekushieru

            And, notice that I did not use such pejoratives as ‘stupid’ or ‘idiot’ while responding to you, will you? I’ll let you digest that for a bit….

      • P. McCoy

        I’m glad to know how YOU think; it galvanized me ALL the more to advocate that your kind need to be labeled and. treated as. Domestic terrorists.

    • JamieHaman

      You aren’t on a pro-abortion website, you are on a pro-choice website. No sane person on the planet is pro abortion.
      Do not mistake a forced birth stance for pro-life. It isn’t the same.

      • Charbel

        I’m sorry is not pro abortion its pro killing children by abortion

        • JamieHaman

          Nah, about 90% of abortions happen before 12 weeks. That isn’t a human being, yet.
          What we are is pro run you own life, pro make your own decisions. What we are is pro make the best decisions for you and your family.
          God judges. Not us.

          • Charbel

            That is not human being, that what Hitler said about the Jews, and the Salve trader said the black slave are not human being too.
            May be you should learn more about the humanity of the pre born baby, and then we can talk.
            and forget about the Pro slaves and the pro Hitler people they are history, now we have the right to issue facing us and one day it will become a history too.

          • Jennifer Starr

            Hitler was not pro-choice, Hitler was anti-choice.

          • JamieHaman

            I have got to quit feeding trolls.

          • Charbel

            He killed people and did not let them live, as the pro abortion people like you want women to kill children without giving them the chance to live, what choice you give to the person you want them dead?

          • JamieHaman

            What part of “a fetus is not a human being” did you not understand?
            Feti will be a human being IF their mothers are able to survive the rigors of pregnancy, employment, and IF the fetus is able to survive BIRTH.

            How to tell the difference between babies and a collection of cells with the potential to be human beings? Ask your self this:

            A science lab has 30 petri dishes with implantable fertilized human ovum.
            The house two blocks away has a newborn baby in it.

            Both buildings catch fire.
            You are the fireman. You can only save ONE burning building.
            Which building do YOU save?

            Me, I’m saving the house.

          • Charbel

            what part of stop duhumanzing pre born children you don’t understand?

          • JamieHaman

            So while you are standing there deciding the cells in a petri dish are as important as a new born, that child will burn to death.
            Shame on you.

          • Jennifer Starr

            You dehumanize the already born.

          • outrageous

            Answer Jamie’s question please

          • Arekushieru

            Nope, you want us to REMEMBER the pro Slavery and Hitler factions. They were BOTH anti-choice, after all. SFS. LEARN2HISTORY.

          • P. McCoy

            Forced labor proponents like yourself have NO right to compare abortion to slavery. In fact, the average Republican and Libertarians would bring back Jim Crow and slavery if THEY Could.

          • dance commander

            Microscopic tissue is not a Human being

        • Arekushieru

          Abortion isn’t killing nor does it involve children. Unless you are referring to the pregnant woman, such as Lina Medina.

        • dance commander

          Idiot.

  • JamieHaman

    lol, Getting rid of all the fire extinguishers in the world will not rid us of fire.
    Where contraceptives are legal, and easily available to women abortion is lowest. Why is that? Because women who WANT a child will NOT abort a child. Desperate women who do not want a child will get an abortion, whether it is legal or not. Just look at the numbers for Europe. Lowest abortion rates in the world.
    In countries where abortion is illegal, the abortion rate is about the same as countries where it is legal. What’s the difference? The number of women who survive the procedure.