ProMedica announces plans to enter into transfer agreement with Toledo's last abortion clinic

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - The services provided at 1160 West Sylvania caused a divide Monday among people on Monroe Street.

"What we want is the compassion to be able to care for the people who are in need," said TK Barger of First Unitarian Church of Toledo.

Capital Care of Toledo is the city's last surgical abortion clinic.

It was set to eventually close after Ohio's Supreme Court upheld a ruling to shut it down because of a lack of local emergency patient services.

The abortion clinic currently partners with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for its emergency services.

"We don't want them to provide a transfer agreement to allow an abortion clinic to keep harming women, to keep killing their children," said Sarah Harrington of pro-life group Created Equal.

Transfer agreements serve as a way for abortion clinics to partner with nearby hospitals in the event of an emergency during a procedure.

Monday night, people on both sides of the debate came together to voice their thoughts on ProMedica's hospitals teaming up with the clinic to remain open.

"That is the compassionate thing to do, it's the right thing to do and it's the way to have dignity in our town as well," said Barger.

"To sign that agreement that says they are the sole hospital in charge of taking women—we're saying not to sign that," responded Harrington.

Late Monday night, ProMedica ultimately authorized to enter into that transfer agreement.

In a statement, the health provider said in part: "Entering into this agreement aligns with ProMedica's mission and values, including our focus on being a health system dedicated to the well-being of Northwest Ohio and our belief that no one is beyond the reach of life-saving health care."

ProMedica has yet to announce when it will formally sign the new agreement.

It's important to note that hospitals legally have to provide emergency care to anyone regardless of a signed transfer agreement or not.

Once signed, the agreement will make ProMedica's hospitals the first choice for Capital Care of Toledo in an emergency situation.