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Women’s Med Center: Dayton Measure Urges Action To Keep Abortion Provider Open

Samuel Worley

The Dayton City Commission is urging Dayton’s two major health-care systems to sign a transfer agreement with the Miami Valley’s last-remaining abortion provider.

The agreement is required by state law. And without it, the clinic is in danger of closing.

Among the city commission members, four out of five voted in favor of the resolution asking Kettering Health Network and Premier Health to sign the transfer agreement with Women’s Med Center in Kettering.

Legal efforts to challenge the state requirement have so far been unsuccessful.

Mayor Nan Whaley says the city supports abortion rights.

“We want to make sure that people have access to that care," she says. "And in our community, where health-care access is always under attack, certainly we need to have the Women's Med Center stay open.”

Commissioner Matt Joseph voted against the resolution, saying he doesn’t agree with the language.

Four members of the public spoke in favor of the measure. Three spoke against it, including a representative from the Diocese of Cincinnati.

Women’s Med Center served 2,300 patients last year.

A spokesperson for NARAL Pro Choice Ohio says court efforts to keep the clinic open are ongoing.

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April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter. There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.