Toledo Clinic Halts Surgical Abortions, Will Continue Medically-Induced Procedures

Apr 27, 2018

The only abortion clinic in the Toledo area has stopped performing surgical abortions, at least for now.

The Ohio Supreme Court is not going to reconsider its decision allowing the Ohio Department of Health to revoke the license of the Capital Care Network of Toledo. In February, the court agreed with the state that the clinic violated the requirement to keep a hospital transfer agreement.

Its attorney, Jennifer Branch, says surgical abortion appointments this week have been canceled, but the clinic will remain open for medication-induced abortions.

Capital Care Network applied for a new license last month after ProMedica agreed to be the hospital for the transfer agreement required by the state.

A new law had earlier prevented the University of Toledo’s hospital from doing that. The Ohio Department of Health has not yet acted on that request.

Restrictions passed by Ohio lawmakers in 2013 mandated that those long-required transfer agreements be with local hospitals and also barred public hospitals from providing them.