Abortion clinic fate unclear as court rejects licensure case


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court won’t hear an Ohio abortion clinic’s challenge to the state’s increasingly stringent operational rules, placing the facility’s future in question.

Abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said Women’s Med Center, the Dayton area’s last abortion clinic, “will continue to pursue options to continue to provide safe and legal abortion” after Wednesday’s decision.

Women’s Med has been unable to secure the waiver and written transfer agreement with a nearby hospital, required by law. The Ohio Department of Health revoked its license in April after a lower court upheld the order . A Montgomery County court blocked that revocation while the clinic appealed.

Dayton commissioners urged two local health systems to step in, but neither did.

Justices sided with Ohio’s Republican attorney general, who argued licensure is now resolved.

Rep. Niraj Antani released a statement on the ruling, saying, “This a great victory for life in Ohio. I’m glad the Supreme Court acknowledges the clinic is in clear violation of the law and should be shut down.”

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