Cincinnati's last abortion clinic may be forced to close

Cincinnati's last abortion clinic may be forced to close

MT. AUBURN, OH (FOX19) - Planned Parenthood, which houses Cincinnati's last abortion clinic, may be forced to shut its doors if it doesn't get a patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital.

According to the Ohio State Department of Health, the clinic is at risk of losing its license if it can't find a private hospital willing to take patients in case of an emergency.

The clinic, located on Auburn Avenue in Mt. Auburn, originally had an agreement with the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. That contract ended last year as the law changed to ban publicly funded hospitals from having agreements with abortion providers.

According to the Associated Press, a letter was sent to Planned Parenthood this week, notifying them of the violation. Rick Pender, the clinic's vice president of external affairs, said it can't meet the requirement because most private hospitals in Cincinnati are run by Catholic organizations.

The clinic has asked if they can work with individual doctors. The state has yet to act on that request.

The Planned Parenthood Cincinnati location also offers birth control, women's health care, LGBT services, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception and STD testing.

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