Amanda Lee Myers

CINCINNATI: A judge will allow a suburban Cincinnati abortion clinic to remain open as it appeals a state closure order.

Hamilton County Judge Jerome Metzís Friday decision follows arguments from the Lebanon Road Surgery Center of Sharonville and the Ohio Attorney Generalís Office.

The Ohio Department of Health ordered the closure after agency Director Theodore Wymyslo revoked the facilityís license, questioning whether the clinic had followed rules to provide back-up care.

Clinic attorneys attribute the closure order to political pressure. They say the clinicís patients always have been safely cared for and that its medical director never broke any rules.

Under the stateís order, the clinic would have had to close Thursday.

It will now be allowed to remain open as it appeals the stateís order to close.