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      University of Toledo cancels abortion-provider pact

      UTMC has canceled a medical transfer agreement with an area abortion provider.

      The University of Toledo Medical Center has canceled a medical transfer agreement with an area abortion provider after a state lawmaker and anti-abortion group claimed it was illegal. University president Lloyd Jacobs notified the Capital Care Network in west Toledo that it will not renew the one-year transfer agreement when it expires on July 31. State law requires ambulatory care centers, such as abortion clinics, to have an agreement to transfer patients to a hospital if there are complications. Ohio Right to Life and Republican state Rep. Lynn Wachtmann objected to the contract as a violation of the ban on state-funded entities supporting abortion.

      The abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio tells The Blade that the university was "bullied" into cancelling the transfer agreement.