Abortion clinic finds 4th backup doctor in bid to stay open

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cincinnati's only abortion clinic says it has lined up a fourth backup doctor to meet state requirements and remain open. It notified the state last month that one of its backup doctors could no longer serve. The state health director then moved to rescind the variance that allowed the clinic to continue operating despite not having a required agreement with a nearby, private hospital to transfer patients in emergencies. The president of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region recently told The Columbus Dispatch the clinic has since secured a fourth physician and re-filed its request for a variance. Meanwhile, the clinic has remained open.

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