Women’s Med Center seeing surge of patients in wake of temporary block of abortion ban

KETTERING — The Women’s Med Center in Kettering is seeing a surge of patients.

Sixty-five pre-op appointments for abortions were made today and yesterday, according to a spokesperson for the center. The number is “considerable” since the center is currently limiting surgical abortions to 14 weeks next week. Their normal limit was 22 weeks.

This all comes just days after a Hamilton County judge granted a 14-day restraining order against the law, temporarily pausing Ohio’s abortion ban.

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Maggie Christie, the executive director of Dayton Right to Life said the pause is frustrating, but not surprising.

“Women don’t need abortion, women are perfectly capable of raising children, doing their job, going to school,” Christie said.

The increased number of appointments “doubles the Dayton patient volume for two days than before Roe v. Wade was struck down,” but includes women who would normally make appointments at the Indiana Women’s Med Center.

The spokesperson said patients who have made appointments are from a number of states, including Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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“We expect by the end of next week we could be seeing even more patients as word spreads. The last days we were open in Indianapolis we averaged 50 abortion patients per day,” the spokesperson said.

In a joint statement, the CEO’s of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Southwest Ohio said banning abortion puts the lives of all pregnant people at risk.

“We will not rest until all Ohioans have access to abortion care and have the right to make their own decisions about their body, health and future,” the statement read.