U. of Toledo Hospital Ends Transfer Pact With Abortion Clinic After Complaints

The University of Toledo’s medical center has ended a patient-transfer agreement with a local abortion clinic after an Ohio lawmaker and an anti-abortion group objected to the arrangement, according to The Blade, a Toledo newspaper.

Ohio state law requires ambulatory-care facilities like abortion clinics to have agreements to ensure that patients who need emergency treatment in the event of complications can be transferred. But a state lawmaker and an anti-abortion group said a local clinic’s agreement with the university’s hospital violated a ban on state-financed facilities’ supporting abortion. The group’s president said that without a transfer agreement, the clinic cannot operate.

The executive director of Naral Pro-Choice Ohio, an abortion-rights group, told the newspaper that the hospital had been “bullied” into canceling the agreement, and said that trying to close abortion clinics would only make the procedure more dangerous.

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