URGE Advocates Celebrate Pro Medica Transfer Agreement with Capital Care Network
February 13, 2018
Toledo, Ohio – URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity activists are celebrating a big win for abortion access in Toledo. On Monday, February 12, 2018 ProMedica, a non-profit health care system in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, signed a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network, ensuring that the last surviving reproductive health clinic that provides abortion care remains open.
Over the last seven months, hundreds of activists in northwest Ohio have worked tirelessly to encourage the CEO of ProMedica, Randy Oostra, to sign a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network. The legally required but medically unnecessary agreement ensures that Capital Care, the only clinic in Toledo offering abortion for thousands of patients in the region, remains open. Moments before the agreement was signed, 50 advocates showed their support by rallying outside of ProMedica’s doors.
“I am continuously inspired by the dedication and passion of the northwest Ohio community who were relentless in their efforts to accomplish this victory. The number of clinics in Ohio has halved since Governor Kasich took office, and this was nearly the 9th closure, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of the abortion activists in Toledo, and the hundreds of calls and signatures, this clinic stays open, and people in NW Ohio retain access to the human right of abortion.”
Alongside URGE activists, were abortion positive partners from NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, Agatha-Reynolds Jackson Fund, Keep Abortion Safe and Legal in Toledo (KASLT), Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and individual clergy in Toledo. URGE looks forward to continuing the work in Ohio to expand abortion access, making the legal right to necessary healthcare a reality for everyone.