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Health Department Revokes Ohio Clinic’s License

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The interim director of the Ohio Department of Health has signed an order to revoke the license of Toledo’s last abortion clinic.

The order takes effect Aug. 12.

Lance Himes signed the order Wednesday revoking Capital Care Network’s license.

The clinic has 15 days to file an appeal and request a court stay the order pending appeal.

Himes’ decision follows a state hearing officer’s recommendation that the clinic should be closed because it lacks a valid emergency-care agreement with a “local” hospital.

The clinic has argued that an agreement with a hospital more than 50 miles away, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, puts it in compliance with a new Ohio law that requires the transfer agreement.

The Blade (http://bit.ly/1knjPz0) reports the clinic’s owner has vowed to fight the order.

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