The Kettering clinic is the only abortion provider in the Dayton area. The 2013 law requiring transfer agreements has caused numerous abortion clinics in the state to close because public hospitals are forbidden from entering into such agreements.
Both abortion rights advocates and opponents responded to the state’s order this week.
Ohio Right to Life issued a statement thanking Director of Health Richard Hodges for “holding this abortion facility accountable to basic health and safety standards.”
State Rep. Fred Strahorn, D-Dayton, said women have the constitutional right to make personal health care decisions.
“Not only does this decision jeopardize that fundamental freedom and right, but it stands on shaky legal ground by using questionable policies that have been drawn into constitutional question by Ohio courts and the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said in a statement.