No Exception to Required Written Transfer Agreement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 25, 2015 (Cincinnati, OH): Ohio Right to Life is reporting that today, the Ohio Department of Health denied variance requests to Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio’s abortion headquarters in Cincinnati and Women’s Med Center surgical abortion facility in Dayton. The State of Ohio requires ambulatory surgical facilities to have a written transfer agreement with a local hospital to provide continued care in the event of emergencies.
If a facility cannot obtain an agreement, it may request a variance (exception) from the law, providing a sufficient number of backup physicians. Only abortion ambulatory surgical facilities have sought this exception. The denial follows a new policy that requires the Department of Health to respond to a facility’s license application in reasonable time.
Whether this variance denial affects Monday’s scheduled Motion Hearing on Planned Parenthood and the Women’s Med Center motion for an injunction U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio before Judge Michael R. Barrett is not known at this time.
“Abortion is the cause of physical, psychological, and emotional harm for women, and is deadly for their unborn babies,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “Why should abortion facilities performing this violently invasive surgery be able to avoid the commonsense written transfer agreement with an area hospital to protect patient health?”
Get the word out! Planned Parenthood and the Women’s Med Center are not needed for healthcare. See GetYourCare.org for community health centers by location.