A Planned Parenthood-owned abortion clinic is fighting a threat to shut down its operation after enjoying a variance that threatened women’s safety.
In Ohio, abortion clinics must have an agreement with a local hospital to handle botched abortions or they can request a variance if they can prove the ability to handle emergencies.
In this case, Planned Parenthood's surgical abortuary in Cincinnati has enjoyed a variance since 2013 because it had four doctors who contracted with the facility.
Meg Wittman of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati says the Ohio Dept. of Health is threatening action because only three doctors are contracted, and now both the variance and the clinic license are at stake.
Amy Acton, who heads the Department of Health, informed the abortion clinic it has 30 days to request a hearing to appeal the state’s action.
“We certainly expect that Planned Parenthood will request that hearing,” Wittman tells OneNewsNow.
As the days count down, she adds, Planned Parenthood is likely hurrying to find another doctor and trying to establish a transfer agreement with a nearby hospital.
So far, however, no hospital has agreed to accept their patients.