Ohio judge allows last Toledo abortion clinic to stay open during appeal of closing order

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TOLEDO, Ohio — A judge has issued a stay allowing Toledo's last abortion clinic to remain open while it appeals an order from the Ohio Department of Health to shut down.

The stay issued Monday comes just a day before the Capital Care Network abortion clinic had been slated to close its surgical center.

The state health department ordered the closure a month ago following a hearing officer's recommendation that said the clinic lacked a valid emergency-care agreement with a "local" hospital.

The clinic has argued that an agreement with a hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, puts it in compliance with a new Ohio law that requires the transfer agreement. State officials disagree.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports a hearing in the clinic's appeal is set for September.

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