The University of Toledo’s medical center has ended a patient-transfer agreement with a local abortion clinic after an Ohio lawmaker and an anti-abortion group objected to the arrangement, according to The Blade, a Toledo newspaper.
Ohio state law requires ambulatory-care facilities like abortion clinics to have agreements to ensure that patients who need emergency treatment in the event of complications can be transferred. But a state lawmaker and an anti-abortion group said a local clinic’s agreement with the university’s hospital violated a ban on state-financed facilities’ supporting abortion. The group’s president said that without a transfer agreement, the clinic cannot operate.
The executive director of Naral Pro-Choice Ohio, an abortion-rights group, told the newspaper that the hospital had been “bullied” into canceling the agreement, and said that trying to close abortion clinics would only make the procedure more dangerous.Return to Top