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Cincinnati Abortion Clinic Gets Resources to Stay Open

a photo of abortion supporters in front of the statehouse
Abortion supporters and opponents stand in front of the Ohio Statehouse.

The operators of a Cincinnati abortion clinic that recently lost the variance it needs to stay open believe the problem has been resolved.

Cincinnati’s only abortion clinic didn’t have a state-mandated transfer agreement with a hospital. Recently the Ohio Department of Health rescinded the variance that allowed the clinic to operate because it didn’t have enough physicians on standby in case of an emergency. But Kersha Deibel, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio region, said that issue has been addressed.

“We have found a fourth backup physician and have submitted all of the paperwork for our variance as well as filed for an administrative hearing with our legal counsel.”

There’s no guarantee the state will accept the new application but the facility will stay open while the clinic waits for a hearing. 

Deibel says she doesn’t like the law that requires this but said the clinic has complied with it anyway.

Jumping through hoops

“We jumped through every single hoop that politicians put in our way in order to insure patients continue access to safe, legal abortion.”

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.