By Ohio Right to Life
If you’ve felt like your head is spinning because of all the momentum and action in the pro-life movement in Ohio, you’re not the only one! A few weeks ago, we sent out a big update hitting a few important things that had happened across the movement in March. One of those was that the 2nd District Court of Appeals held oral arguments on whether Women’s Med Center should be closed or not because they are operating outside the bounds of Ohio law. We predicted that we’d hear the decision in this case in a few months.
The 2nd District shocked us by handing down the decision just two weeks after oral arguments were heard! The Court found that the Ohio Department of Health has the ability to revoke or not renew a license based on an entity’s lack of adherence to revised or administrative code. This means the Court found that when the Ohio Department of Health revoked the license of Women’s Med Center back in 2015, they had the right to do so. You can read the full decision here.
We fully expect that Women’s Med Center will appeal this ruling to the Supreme Court, using the same delay tactics they have long relied upon to continue to prey upon Ohio women and babies. This decision is important, though, because it upholds the authority of the Ohio Department of Health to hold abortion clinics to a standard of health and safety that they often struggle to meet.