Trial to determine fate of Kentucky's lone abortion clinic

Trial to determine fate of Kentucky's lone abortion clinic

If the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville were to close, Kentucky would become the first state in the nation without an abortion clinic.

Citing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that past year struck down similar restrictions imposed by a Texas law, lawyers for the clinic argue the requirements are not only unconstitutional, but also unnecessary, because federal law requires local hospitals to accept any patient in an emergency, and Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services will transport patients without such agreements.

In opening statements, attorneys for the EMW Women's Surgical Center said the state was imposing unattainable, arbitrary regulations about transfer agreements with an ambulance company at a hospital. The Supreme Court has found that access to an abortion must be guaranteed, but it remains to be seen whether eliminating every clinic in a single state would pass that test.

The administration argues that the abortion clinic did not have the proper documentation on ambulatory services in case an abortion goes wrong.

The trial revolves around a state law requiring the clinic to have agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in case of emergencies.

The state's lawyers took aim at claims the requirements aren't medically essential.

Bevin is a vocal abortion opponent who has called himself an "unapologetically pro-life individual".

The EMW clinic has been on the defensive since Bevin's election in 2015.

State regulators say the transfer agreements protect women's health.

The argument is over a transfer agreement. "It could be the first surgically abortion-free state in the United States of America".

The lawsuit is one of two pitting the clinic against the state. The law says she can avert her eyes. IN and Kentucky's Planned Parenthoods also joined the lawsuit.

Despite that ruling, conservative legislatures and Republican governors such as Kentucky's Matt Bevin have continued to tighten new regulations on abortion clinics.

Planned Parenthood joined the lawsuit because it alleges that Gov. Matt Bevin and "his administration waged a "campaign of fear and intimidation"-including a threat to block millions of dollars in public funds from University of Louisville Hospital-to prevent Planned Parenthood from getting a license", the Courier-Journal reports".

We will be there as it plays out in court. "Or will Kentucky be the harbinger of a future where the right to abortion only exists if you live in the right zip code?"



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