Addresses Transfer Agreements and Variances
July 1, 2013 – Governor Kasich has signed H.B. 59, the Ohio budget bill, which includes an amendment to ensure standards for Ambulatory Surgical Facilities. This final version is a combination of strategoc amendments submitted by Rep. John Adams and Senator Shannon Jones.
Abortion centers are classified as Ambulatory Surgical Facilities.
If abortionists due not attempt a legal challenge, this amendment will address both Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Ohio’s abortion providing facility in Cincinnati (1) plus late term abortionist, Martin Haskell’s Women’s Med Center in Sharonville and Kettering (2), as well as abortion centers across the state.
Here is the text of the amendment:
(B) No public hospital* shall do either of the following:
(1) Enter into a written transfer agreement with an ambulatory surgical facility in which nontherapeutic abortions are performed or induced;
(2) Authorize a physician who has been granted staff membership or professional privileges at the public hospital to use that membership or those privileges as a substitution for, or alternative to, a written transfer agreement for purposes of a variance application described in section 3702.304 of the Revised Code that is submitted to the director of health by an ambulatory surgical facility in which nontherapeutic abortions are performed or induced.
*”Public hospital” means a hospital registered with the department of health under section 3701.07 of the Revised Code that is owned, leased, or controlled by this state or any agency, institution, instrumentality, or political subdivision of this state. “Public hospital” includes any state university hospital, state medical college hospital, joint hospital, or public hospital agency.
Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati has supported this effort since its inception and is grateful to all who have worked for this amendment’s inclusion and passage in the Ohio budget.
Once this amendment is enforced, the number of babies aborted in Ohio should greatly decrease– another step towards the the goal of protection for every mother and their unborn child in Ohio and beyond.