Supreme Court Ruling May Affect Dayton Abortion Clinc

Jun 28, 2016

The Supreme Court’s ruling striking down a Texas abortion law may have repercussions in the Miami Valley.

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

The Texas law required abortion clinics to operate as ambulatory surgical centers. It also mandated that abortion providers have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Ohio created a similar law in 2013. Since then, many clinics in the state have struggled to remain open, including the Women’s Medical Center of Dayton - It’s one of two clinics operating in southwest Ohio. The center has fought with the state health department to remain open since the law was enacted.

Jamie Miracle is the deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. She says because the ruling struck down the admitting privileges requirement, the Women’s Medical Center case may be affected, but it will take time.  

“Yes, it struck down something similar but it will not immediately impact any of the laws in other states.”

The clinic remains open. Their next hearing with the Ohio Department of Health is scheduled for late summer.