Americans United for Life is encouraged by the Ohio Supreme Court’s determination that the Ohio Department of Health’s decision to revoke the license of an abortion center that failed to meet state standards for patient care was “supported by reliable, probative, and substantial evidence and is in accordance with law.” The court found that the abortion center’s attempt to circumvent Ohio’s abortion safety laws, by partnering with an out-of-state hospital approximately an hour away, “would not allow for the transfer of patients in the event of medical complications, emergency situations, and for other needs as they arise.”
For years, the abortion industry has vociferously argued that it should be granted an unmerited exemption from standards routinely applied to other facilities performing invasive surgical procedures, as well as an exemption from the comprehensive inspections required of such facilities. The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected that argument and has correctly decided that abortion centers should be held to the same standards as all other ambulatory surgical centers in the state.