Cincinnati abortion clinic granted variance

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Cincinnati abortion clinic has received permission to continue operating despite not having a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies.

A Department of Health spokesman says its director granted a variance Friday for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio. He says that was the end of the 60-day window for a decision under a law that took effect this fall.

Instead of an agreement with a hospital, the facility listed four physicians to provide backup care. In a letter first obtained by The Associated Press, Ohio’s health director says the variance expires May 31, meaning the facility would have to apply again in four months.

The facility’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately return messages Friday. In court, it has challenged the constitutionality of recently enacted state laws governing its operations.

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