No Transfer Agreements with Public Hospitals
June 6, 2013 – State Senator Shannon Jones ensured inclusion of a pro-life amendment in the proposed Ohio budget, which the Senate voted on today. Rep. John Adams originated a similar amendment in the House version of the budget.
The amendment addresses transfer agreements that an Ambulatory Surgical Facility (ASF) must have with a local hospital to cover patient emergencies.
Note: Abortion centers in Ohio are classified as Ambulatory Surgical Facilities.
This budget amendment prohibits public hospitals from making transfer agreements with ASFs that provide abortions. Abortion providing ASFs can request a transfer agreement from private hospitals, but private hospitals may deny the request. This applies to Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio’s abortion headquarters in Cincinnati.
An ASF operating under a variance (exception) to the written transfer agreement requirement may continue to do so until the facility’s license is reviewed for renewal, at which time the variance will also be reviewed. This applies to Martin Haskell’s Women’s Med Center abortion facilities in Sharonville and Kettering.
Thank you to all in the General Assembly who ensured that this amendment passed for increased patient care and safety.
Now the budget will likely be sent to a conference of both House and Senate members to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions, before sending to the governor.
See recent Cincinnati Enquirer coverage of this amendment, including the amendment wording.