Group rallies in support of Kentucky's last abortion clinic

Posted September 07, 2017

In its lawsuit, the clinic says it has had agreements with a hospital and an ambulance company on file with state regulators for years.

"In 37 years providing abortion, I've seen more than a dozen clinics close down in our state, and now ours is the last clinic standing in the entire state", said Ernest Marshall, a doctor and EMW Women's Surgical Center founder.

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".

On Wednesday morning, attorneys for the governor, the EMW Women's Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood began to hash it out in court.

A trial is underway in federal court to decide whether Kentucky will become the first state without a clinic that performs abortions. Bevin is an openly and proud Christian, and there's nothing wrong with that, but failing to uphold one our nation's founding principles of separation of church and state is unacceptable.

EMW and Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky, which also is involved IN the lawsuit, are arguing that the state just wants to shut them down, and the regulations are not necessary because abortion complication rates are low. "If this law is not struck down, access to safe, legal abortion for women in Kentucky will be virtually eliminated", McDonald-Mosley said.

Kentucky law requires an abortion clinic to have transfer agreements with a hospital and ambulance service in case of an emergency.

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"[The requirements] are important measures for ensuring women have the proper life-saving procedures in place in the event of an emergency", said Bevin's spokeswoman Amanda Stamper.

"Essentially all health-care facilities in Kentucky are required to have such agreements, and it is telling that the abortion industry believes that it alone should be exempt", she added. A woman having to travel to another state for an abortion is definitely an undue burden.

The lawsuit is one of two pitting the clinic against the state.

Kentucky's government issued the new requirements as states around the country increasingly try to broaden abortion restrictions.

Now, both sides will argue over the validity of these agreements.

We will be there as it plays out in court.