License hearing for Dayton abortion clinic scheduled

State questions clinic's emergency transfer policy to hospitals.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Operators of a Dayton abortion clinic are fighting to keep their license after being denied an exception to state rules requiring the facility to have an emergency patient transfer agreement with a hospital.

The city’s lone clinic has sought a variance from state health officials since 2012.

Health Director Rick Hodges denied a request last year.

He said the center’s two backup doctors weren’t enough to provide 24-hour emergency coverage to patients.

A subsequent variance request adding a third doctor was denied in September.

A license revocation hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

About half of Ohio’s abortion clinics have closed as state lawmakers have passed a series of restrictions to their operations.

A federal judge has said the center can remain open while it fights to keep its license. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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