Abortion clinic seeks court order, new license to stay open

Ohio

The Dayton area's last abortion clinic is trying to avoid closure by pursuing a new state license and intervention by a federal court after the Ohio Supreme Court again refused to hear its appeal

Dozens of people attend a hearing about an Ohio abortion clinic's license on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Anti-abortion activists packed a hearing to determine the fate of the clinic's license, as the facility's operators argued they are meeting emergency requirements laid out in a 2013 law that has contributed to clinic closures around the state. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth)

Dozens of people attend a hearing about an Ohio abortion clinic’s license on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Anti-abortion activists packed a hearing to determine the fate of the clinic’s license, as the facility’s operators argued they are meeting emergency requirements laid out in a 2013 law that has contributed to clinic closures around the state. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Dayton area’s last abortion clinic is trying to avoid closure by pursuing a new state license and intervention by a federal court after the Ohio Supreme Court again refused to hear its appeal.

That court decision Tuesday meant Women’s Med Center faced losing its license for not meeting certain state requirements regarding backup doctors and hospital transfers. It immediately asked a federal court to temporarily block the state from enforcing those requirements. The clinic argues they’re unconstitutional, medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion access.

Attorney Jennifer Branch says the center has postponed surgical abortions but remains open for medication abortions. She also says it already lined up an additional backup doctor and applied for a new state license.

The Ohio Department of Health won’t comment on the pending litigation.

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