TOLEDO, OH, August 8, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An Ohio abortion facility has been notified by the Ohio Department of Health that it will be closed for not having a transfer agreement with a full-service hospital, as a new state law stipulates.
The director of the Ohio Department of Health, Theodore E. Wymyslo, M.D., said that ODH will issue an order “revoking and refusing to renew” the license for Capital Care Network (CCN) of Toledo.
A new state law licensed all state abortion facilities, including Capital Care Network, as ambulatory surgical centers, requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. The Toledo abortion facility had an agreement with The University of Toledo Medical Center, which expired on July 31.
CCN has continued to provide abortions, stating that a deal to maintain admitting privileges was in the works. But surveyors with the health department appeared at the abortion facility on August 1 and found CCN had yet to obtain the necessary agreement.
In a letter to CCN owner Terri Hubbard, Wymyslo said without the signed agreement required by law, the facility must close.
CCN has 30 days to request a hearing to argue for an appeal.
If left unappealed CCN will be the third abortion facility in Ohio to be closed since January, due to health and safety violations or illegal operations.
It could become the 43rd abortion facility closed this year nationwide.
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“Holding abortion clinics to high standards to protect the safety of pregnant women is a health initiative all Ohioans can agree upon,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “No longer will abortion providers get a free pass and put profits ahead of protecting women's health.”
Planned Parenthood maintains an office in Toledo, at 1301 Jefferson Avenue, that offers “emergency contraception,” medication that can cause a chemical abortion.