DeWine takes abortion clinic dispute to Ohio Supreme Court

FILE - Attorney General Mike DeWine speaks in Vandalia. (WDTN Photo/FILE)
FILE - Attorney General Mike DeWine speaks in Vandalia. (WDTN Photo/FILE)


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Attorney General Mike DeWine has appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn lower court rulings that have kept open Toledo’s last abortion clinic.

In a Monday filing, DeWine asked justices to reconsider two earlier decisions that found abortion restrictions imposed on Capital Care Network of Toledo were unconstitutional. Lower courts said the state exceeded its regulatory authority over the facility.

The issue centers on a 2014 Ohio Department of Health decision to shut down Capital Care for lack of a patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital. Such agreements were mandated, and public hospitals barred from providing them, under abortion restrictions Ohio lawmakers passed in 2014.

Abortion-rights groups call the transfer agreements “medically unnecessary.” Abortion foes argue they protect women’s health and safety.

The clinic has continued operating during litigation. 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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