OH abortion clinic seeks last-minute exemption to emergency standards

martin-haskellIn a dispute that has been ongoing for years, the Associated Press reports that the Women’s Med Center abortion clinic in Dayton, Ohio, facing possible closure, is requesting an exception to the state’s hospital transfer agreement requirement.

In June, Ohio’s health director denied their previous request for a variance, determining that the facility’s two backup doctors were insufficient to handle emergencies arising from abortion-related complications.

Women’s Med Center wrote back arguing they have a third doctor available, constituting adequate emergency provision to retain their license. Their appeal is currently pending review by the state Health Department.

The Dayton facility is one of just eight abortion clinics remaining in Ohio. As Live Action News reported in June, it is operated by infamous partial-birth abortion pioneer Martin Haskell, whose previous efforts to keep the facility open included alleged transfer agreements with one hospital where Haskell failed to name specific physicians, and another whose CEO denied having made any such agreement.

As Live Action has also reported, Women’s Med Center is also the site of multiple documented medical emergencies resulting from abortions there. State health officials shut down another of Haskell’s Ohio locations last year for failing to meet safety standards.

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