Commission urges hospitals to provide transfer agreement for abortion clinic

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton city leaders are urging major medical providers to work with a local women’s clinic.

The Dayton City Commission voted to approve a resolution supporting a transfer agreement for Women’s Med Center of Dayton, the area’s last abortion provider. 

But, the center’s status is in doubt, due to the lack of a written patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital.

Clinics that provide abortions are required to have a transfer agreement to provide emergency medical to its patients, if necessary.

In its resolution, the Dayton City Commission named Premier Health and Kettering Medical Center as hospitals that can sign the transfer agreement.

The center was not at Wednesday’s meeting and was not involved in the commission’s resolution. Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph was the lone commissioner to vote against the resolution.  

An appeals court ruled against the Women’s Med Center of Dayton in its quest for a waiver of the required transfer agreement.

The center may appeal the ruling to the Ohio Supreme Court. The deadline to file that appeal is Friday.

If the appeal is filed and iff the Ohio Supreme Court upholds the appeals court ruling, the Women’s Med Center of Dayton may be forced to close.

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