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Lawsuit Keeps Last Abortion Clinic in Kentucky Open

A federal court signed an order April 10, 2017 that permits the last clinic in Kentucky to remain open during the pendency of the case. 

The American Civil Liberties Union and attorneys at Lynch, Cox, Gilman & Goodman P.S.C. filed a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking unconstitutional state laws that would have forced the clinic to close.

Kentucky threatened to revoke the license of EMW Women’s Surgical Center, alleging that the clinic’s agreements with a hospital and ambulance service contained technical deficiencies despite having approved the same agreements last year.  

The United States Supreme Court struck down a similar laws that required that doctors who provide abortions have an agreement with a hospital in the case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.  

The order signed by the court today keeps the temporary restraining order in effect until a final judgement is entered in the case.
Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, had this response:

“We are pleased that the last abortion clinic in the Commonwealth will remain open, but doctors shouldn’t have to go to court to ensure that they can continue to provide care for their patients.”

Don Cox, attorney with Lynch, Cox, Gilman & Goodman, had this reaction:

“We hope that today’s order sends a clear message to Governor Bevin that it is long past time to stop trying to prevent women from making their own decisions and getting the care they need.”  
Read a copy of the order here.