Protesting Patient Emergency Safety Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 2, 2015 (Cincinnati, OH): Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio (Cincinnati) and the Women’s Med Center (Dayton) abortion facilities have filed a lawsuit against Ohio Department Director, Richard Hodges. The lawsuit contends that the law requiring them to maintain a “written transfer agreement” with a nearby hospital in order to perform abortions is unconstitutional.
“The elephant in the room is that abortion is never healing healthcare–physically, emotionally, and psychologically damaging to women, and terminal for their unborn babies,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “Thus the fact that all area hospitals, including Northern Kentucky, have denied transfer agreements to abortion facilities.”
Both Cincinnati Planned Parenthood and Dayton Women’s Med Center have filed for renewals to a variance (exception) to the transfer agreement with the ODH, where doctors with privileges at an area hospital agree to cover their abortion patient emergencies.
If the ODH doesn’t reply within 60 days, or denies the request for an exception, these abortion facilities could close, thus the impetus for the lawsuit.
See the lawsuit.
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