Ohio abortion clinic again seeks exception to state rules

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Operators of a southwest Ohio abortion clinic have filed another request to the state for an exception to rules requiring a patient-transfer agreement with a hospital in case of emergencies.

Without a variance, the license of the Women’s Med Center in Dayton could be in jeopardy.

The facility has sought a variance for several years. In June, the state’s health director denied the center’s request, saying that its two backup doctors were not enough to provide emergency coverage to patients and ensure patient safety.

In a July 24 letter, the facility requested another variance from state health officials and said a third physician would be available to provide emergency care if needed.

A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Health says the agency is reviewing the response.

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