- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A hearing officer says the state’s decision to revoke the license of Toledo’s last abortion clinic was valid.

Capital Care Network has been fighting a state order that it close because it lacks a required patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital. The clinic operator contends its agreement with the University of Michigan Health System hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, qualifies as a “local” facility. The hospital is more than 50 miles away.

The state’s former health director had turned down the agreement because of concerns about the proximity of the hospital to the clinic. Capital Care had then sought a hearing.

The Ohio Department of Health released the hearing officer’s recommendations Monday. The department’s interim director will review them before making a final decision on the fate of the clinic.

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