Judge Stays Closing Of Toledo's Last Abortion Clinic Pending Hearing
A judge has issued a stay allowing Toledo's last abortion clinic to remain open while it appeals an order from the Ohio Department of Health to shut down. The stay issued today comes just a day before the Capital Care Network abortion clinic had been slated to close its surgical center. The state health department ordered the closure a month ago following a hearing officer's recommendation that said the clinic lacked a valid emergency-care agreement with a "local" hospital. The clinic has argued that an agreement with a hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, puts it in compliance with a new Ohio law that requires the transfer agreement. State officials disagree. A hearing in the clinic's appeal is set for September.