Ohio Supreme Court Upholds State Order to Shut Down Toledo Abortion Facility

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Cleveland.com) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state order to close Toledo’s only abortion clinic for failing to follow state law, and rejected a challenge from Cleveland’s Preterm clinic over the same law.

The court ruled 5-2 to overturn lower court rulings that said state restrictions on abortion clinics were unconstitutional, but the court did not rule on the constitutionality of the law.

The Department of Health revoked Capital Care Network’s license in 2014 because its hospital transfer agreement with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor did not comply with the department’s 30-minute transport time standard.

Capital Care Network sued the state, arguing a 2013 law barring clinics from obtaining transfer agreements with a public hospital created an undue burden on women seeking abortions.

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