KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – A clinic that performs abortions in Kettering is one step closer to being forced to close after losing another court appeal this week.
But the Women’s Med Center of Dayton is expected to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.
This decision comes weeks earlier than anticipated. If the Supreme Court confirms it the only abortion facility in the Miami Valley will be shut down.
Retired Registered Nurse Yvonne Curington said, “It’s a dangerous situation to be put in. Illegal abortions, women die. Women I saw in the hospital had to have hysterectomies because of botched abortions.”
Pro-choice advocates fear the possibilities if the state health department legally shutters the area’s only abortion clinic.
Margie Christie, Executive Director of Dayton Right to Life said, “I feel like it was pretty much an open and close decision. They need to follow the law like everyone else, so I think that’s why our decision came down so quickly.”
Pro-life proponents argue the law is clear. The Women’s Med Center does not have the transfer agreements in place to get patients to a hospital if an emergency arises.
Still others see this battle as the touchstone of a larger fight for all women’s rights.
Joy Schwab of Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance said, “The fundamental right of the woman is to make her own reproductive decisions. Without that right, none of the others mean that much. So, for us this is the crucial battle right now.”
Curington saw a lot of abortion patients in her 45 years as an registered nurse. “Women who had illegal abortions, I knew people personally who had illegal abortions. I would never want to go back to that,” Curington said.
Dayton Right to Life’s opinion is there are always alternatives. “Our focus has always been to provide women with solid healthcare that’s going to help them, not just right now, but down the road as well,” Christie said.
So far, attorneys for the clinic have not yet filed a formal appeal.