SW Ohio abortion clinic seeks order to stay open

AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A judge is considering whether to let a suburban Cincinnati abortion clinic remain open as it appeals a state closure order.

Hamilton County Judge Jerome Metz Jr. is set to decide Friday whether to allow the Lebanon Road Surgery Center of Sharonville to operate as it appeals an order to close by next Tuesday.

The Ohio Department of Health ordered the closure after agency Director Theodore Wymyslo (WHIMS'-loh) revoked the facility's license.

The clinic has been operating under an exception to state law requiring abortion clinics to secure patient-transfer agreements with a hospital.

Unable to secure such an agreement, the clinic -- with the department's approval -- has been using backup doctors who can admit patients to hospitals.

Wymyslo decided not to allow the clinic to continue as such.