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Across the street from the Women's Med Center in Kettering is a "crisis pregnancy center" that counsels women against getting abortions.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Attorneys for the Dayton area’s only abortion clinic are continuing to fight to keep the facility open, despite the Ohio Supreme Court’s refusal to hear their latest appeal last month.

Efforts to convince Dayton health systems to sign a state-mandated patient transfer agreement with the Miami Valley’s last abortion clinic remain unsuccessful, despite increased pressure from some politicians, and an ongoing petition campaign.

Clinic officials say without such an agreement, the facility may close.

Marilyn Evans stands outside the Women's Med Center of Dayton, where both she and her daughter got abortions.
Paige Pfleger

This is the first of a two-part series on Ohioans and their experiences with abortion. Read part two here.

"This is the spot," Marilyn Evans says, standing in the empty parking lot of the Women’s Med Center in Kettering.

The Dayton City Commission is urging Dayton’s two major health-care systems to sign a transfer agreement with the Miami Valley’s last-remaining abortion provider.

The agreement is required by state law. And without it, the clinic is in danger of closing.

Among the city commission members, four out of five voted in favor of the resolution asking Kettering Health Network and Premier Health to sign the transfer agreement with Women’s Med Center in Kettering.

Legal efforts to challenge the state requirement have so far been unsuccessful.