Kettering abortion clinic has 30 days to appeal or permanently close

The Women’s Medical Center of Dayton has 30 days to appeal a ruling upholding the revocation of the facility’s license, or permanently close its doors.

Judge Mary Wiseman of the Montgomery County Court of Common Please upheld the 2016 decision by a former Ohio Department of Health director to revoke the license for failing to have a transfer agreement with a nearby hospital or naming enough backup physicians for emergencies.

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Jaime Miracle, deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, cited political reasons, not women’s health, as to why the center does not have a transfer agreement.

“Because of the religious nature of some of the hospitals in the area and just federal politics and those kinds of things, the Women’s Med center of Dayton is unable to secure this medically unnecessary transfer agreement and so, the state of Ohio moved to close the facility and that is what brought us to court,” Miracle said. “It’s all politics.”

The facility has been in operations for more than 30 years, and is the only surgical abortion clinic in the Dayton area.

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President of Ohio Right to Life Mike Gonidakis stated the ruling “is a win for the pro-life movement in Ohio and the women of Dayton. Ohio Right to Life is encouraged to see a facility as notorious as Women's Med Center finally shuttered.”

It is unknown at this time whether or not an appeal will be filed.

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