November 1, 2013 – Cincinnati Right to Life has confirmed that Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio (PPSWO)–i.e., Cincinnati Planned Parenthood’s abortion headquarters on Auburn Avenue–no longer has a transfer agreement with any area hospital, and is thus operating outside the law.
According to Ohio law, PPSWO is an Ambulatory Surgical Facility and must have a transfer agreement with an area hospital to cover patient emergencies. If an Ambulatory Surgical Facility is unable to obtain a transfer agreement, it can apply for a variance (exception) to remain in operation under other arrangements.
PPSWO has requested a variance from the Ohio Department of Health. ODH Director Ted Wymyslo is currently reviewing Planned Parenthood’s request.
“Cincinnati Planned Parenthood is an affiliate of the country’s leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has been responsible for area abortion deaths for 82 years,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right of Greater Cincinnati.
“Abortion is never healthcare, and Cincinnati Right to Life is working with local and state individuals and organizations to end this deadly practice at Planned Parenthood as well as at late-term abortionist Martin Haskell’s Women’s Med Center in Sharonville.”
“These efforts plus on-site prayer and vigilance of sidewalk counselors and 40 Days for Life participants are key to achieving this good goal.”
According to the most recent ODH Induced Abortions in Ohio report, Hamilton County still has the third highest abortion total after Cuyahoga (5663) and Franklin (3771) Counties, with an increase of 2500 abortions in 2012 (2374 in 2011).
Cincinnati Planned Parenthood and the Women’s Med Center additionally service residents in surrounding counties Butler, Clermont, and Warren–where abortion numbers also increased–as well as from elsewhere in the state. Non-Ohio residents also seek abortions from these providers, as there are no abortion centers in nearby Northern Kentucky.
Next steps: If ODH Director Wymyslo denies Cincinnati Planned Parenthood’s request for a variance, then Planned Parenthood may request a hearing to make its case for a variance before a hearing examiner.
In the meantime, Planned Parenthood continues its abortion practice.