An Ohio law requires abortion clinics to have an agreement with a hospital for the transfer of patients on an emergency basis. This regulation has contributed to the closure of Martin Haskell’s clinic in Sharonville, Ohio, and is set to cause the demise of the abortion clinic that Kresge Foundation $$ rebuilt on Auburn Avenue, near Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
Planned Parenthood has filed a “civil rights” suit challenging the regulation requiring that patients injured in an abortion clinic have a fast track to a hospital. Planned Parenthood formerly had an agreement with the University of Cincinnati Hospital, but that agreement has ended pursuant to another regulation banning such arrangements with public hospitals. The Women’s Med Center in Kettering, Ohio (Dayton’s last abortion clinic) has a similar lack of patient transfer agreement with a hospital, and is also at risk of being shuttered.
Ohio Right to Life points out that the Federal Judge, Timothy S. Black, an Obama appointee who was chosen to preside over Planned Parenthood’s legal proceedings, has served on the Board of Planned Parenthood Association of Cincinnati, from 1986 to 1989, and part of that time as president. One wonders if it is proper for a judge to hear a case involving a plaintiff with which he has had a such a direct association.