ODH approves to keep Planned Parenthood open in Cincinnati

ODH approves to keep Planned Parenthood open in Cincinnati

MT. AUBURN, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Department of Health announced Thursday the approval for a Cincinnati abortion clinic to stay open.

ODH approved that Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio's variance request and renewed the ambulatory surgical facility's operating license.

"This victory ensures that women in Cincinnati can make their own private health care decisions without interference from politicians," Planned Parenthood said in a release.

According to a release, The ODH agrees that the emergency back-up plan that Planned Parenthood has in place provides complete protection to Planned Parenthood patients should care be needed outside the clinic.

According to the Ohio State Department of Health, the clinic was at risk of losing its license if it couldn'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.

Based on this development, Planned Parenthood says they will dismiss a lawsuit filed earlier in November because the clinic license is no longer at risk.

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