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The Ohio Department of Health has granted a license to Women’s Med Center of Dayton, saving it from closure after years of legal battles. That health clinic is the last abortion provider in the Dayton area.

Ohio's top court is, once again, has refused to hear an appeal from the last abortion clinic in Dayton. It has been fighting with the state to avoid closure of the facility. But the center isn't taking "no" for an answer. It is looking to a federal court to step in now.

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

The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to take up an appeal from Dayton’s only abortion clinic that would pave the way for it to keep operating. The Women’s Medical Center doesn’t have a transfer agreement with a local hospital as required by state law. But despite the ruling, the clinic will remain open for now.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
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The Dayton City Commission is urging Dayton’s two major health-care systems to sign a transfer agreement with the Miami Valley’s last-remaining abortion provider.

The agreement is required by state law. And without it, the clinic is in danger of closing.

Among the city commission members, four out of five voted in favor of the resolution asking Kettering Health Network and Premier Health to sign the transfer agreement with Women’s Med Center in Kettering.

Legal efforts to challenge the state requirement have so far been unsuccessful.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
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The fate of Dayton’s last remaining abortion provider may end up in the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court. Attorneys for Women’s Med Center say they’ll appeal a lower court decision that could threaten the clinic’s continued operations.

An attorney for the abortion provider says the latest court decision is not unexpected.

Several Ohio legislators are planning to participate in an anti-abortion rally in Dayton Tuesday, ahead of next week’s March for Life, a national anti-abortion rally planned for the National Mall in Washington D.C.

 

The Dayton event is being organized by State Representative Niraj Antani (R– Miamisburg) and State Senator Peggy Lehner (R–Kettering). Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is expected to deliver the rally’s keynote address.

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

A federal judge has ruled the last two abortion clinics in southwest Ohio can remain open while fighting to keep their state operating licenses.

Court documents show a federal judge in Cincinnati issued the preliminary injunction Tuesday. The clinics sought the ruling in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of abortion restrictions approved in the two most recent state budgets.

A NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio statement says those restrictions are medically unnecessary.

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

Abortion clinics in Dayton and Toledo might be forced to close by tightening state regulations. New provisions in the governor’s budget signed into law Tuesday evening could make it harder for abortion providers to stay open.