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Abortion clinic fate unclear as court rejects licensure case

August 21, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court won’t hear an Ohio abortion clinic’s challenge to the state’s increasingly stringent operational rules, placing the facility’s future in question.

Abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said Women’s Med Center, the Dayton area’s last abortion clinic, “will continue to pursue options to continue to provide safe and legal abortion” after Wednesday’s decision.

Women’s Med has been unable to secure the waiver and written transfer agreement with a nearby hospital, required by law. The Ohio Department of Health revoked its license in April after a lower court upheld the order . A Montgomery County court blocked that revocation while the clinic appealed.

Dayton commissioners urged two local health systems to step in, but neither did.

Justices sided with Ohio’s Republican attorney general, who argued licensure is now resolved.

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