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Legal Efforts To Keep Kettering Abortion Clinic Open To Continue

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
Samuel Worley

Attorneys for the Dayton area’s only abortion clinic are continuing to fight to keep the facility open, despite the Ohio Supreme Court’s refusal to hear their latest appeal last month.

The case began when the Ohio Department of Health declined to renew Women’s Med Center’s license because the clinic didn’t have a written transfer agreement with a local hospital, as required by state law. Two lower courts and the Ohio Supreme Court have all since upheld that decision. Now, attorneys for the clinic are asking the state Supreme Court to take another look.

Kellie Copeland of NARAL Pro-Choice says efforts to lobby area health care systems to sign a transfer agreement with the clinic have so far been unsuccessful.

“They don’t want to be involved in arbitrating whether or not clinics are open or whether abortion should be available in a community and yet that’s where these politicians have placed them. So although we sympathy that hospitals don’t want to be in the middle of this, the fact of the matter is they are.”

Copeland says the transfer requirement is politically motivated and doesn’t boost patient safety. Anti-abortion activists have argued the agreements are medically necessary.

It’s unclear when the Ohio Supreme Court will review the appeal. Copeland says the clinic will stay open through the legal proceedings.