But how is it that, of all the physicians and clinics in Ohio, that Haskell’s abortion clinic is the only one that does not have to comport with the law?
To answer that question, one must go back to 1996, when the Ohio Legislature passed a law requiring that all ambulatory surgical centers must be licensed by the state. That licensing required that the ambulatory surgical centers meet certain basic health and safety standards, including the requirement that each clinic must have a transfer agreement with a local hospital.
In 1999, it came to the attention of the Ohio Health Department (OHD) that abortion clinics were not in compliance with the law, having never applied for licensing. The OHD began the process of insuring that all abortion clinics came into compliance.
Haskell refuses to comply