Officials: Hospital 50 Miles Away is Close Enough to Abortion Clinic

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Officials say it's reasonable for a University of Michigan hospital to be the emergency-transfer provider for the last abortion clinic left in Toledo -- even though it's more than 50 miles away.

A University of Michigan Health System spokeswoman tells The (Toledo) Blade ( ) that signing the agreement with the Capital Care Clinic puts the clinic in compliance with a state law requiring abortion providers to have a transfer agreement with a "local" hospital.

Ohio anti-abortion rights activists, however, question how a hospital an hour from Toledo can be considered "local."

Several abortion clinics have run into trouble with the transfer agreement issue since last summer, when a provision of the state budget made the requirement a law instead of a department rule and banned public hospitals from making agreements.