State officials today moved to close down two more abortion clinics, including the last one in the Cincinnati area.
The Ohio Department of Health rejected variance requests for the Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio clinic in the Mount Auburn neighborhood of Cincinnati and the Women’s Med Center of Dayton. The variances were denied by health Director Richard Hodges because they do not have “written transfer agreements” for patients in case of emergency.
The clinics have 30 days to appeal or face closure.
Closure of both clinics would reduce the number of abortion providers in Ohio to seven; eight have closed in the past five years.
The health department said in a statement that state law requires abortion providers to have a written transfer agreement with a hospital “to assist when emergencies arise. ODH is denying the variances to protect the health of patients in the facilities. The proposed variances would not provide for adequate clinical coverage to protect patients during an emergency situation.”
The agency determined that variances requested by the clinics “did not meet or exceed the level of patient protection that is essential.”
The facilities will be allowed to continue operating during the appeal process.
As I've said before, Cincinnati would be the largest metropolitan area in the the country without a single abortion provider if these closures are finalized. So unless the federal courts step in here, by the end of the year you may not be able to get an abortion in a metro area of 2.1 million people.
And you can thank the "moderate" John Kasich and his War on Women for that.