People rallied for abortion access the day the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Louisville, KY, June 24, 2022. Credit: Samuel Crankshaw, ACLU of Kentucky Foundation.

Abortion is currently illegal in Kentucky following a temporary order from a the Kentucky Supreme Court. We are still fighting this order and our lawsuit to protect abortion under the Kentucky Constitution continues. Here's what you need to know in the meantime.

Our client, EMW Women's Surgical Center, and Planned Parenthood stopped providing abortion care after a single court of appeals judge allowed Attorney General Cameron and other state actors to enforce the state's two abortion bans on August 1, 2022. We appealed to the Kentucky Supreme Court on August 2, asking the court to reinstate a lower court order that previously blocked enforcement of these bans. The Supreme Court denied our request on August 18. Abortion remains illegal in Kentucky for the time being.

If you or someone you know is seeking abortion care, visit and Both organizations provide information about seeking legal care out of state and how to seek assistance with costs, transportation, navigating the healthcare system and more.

We hope these abortion bans are temporary and we are doing all we can to restore abortion access in the commonwealth. Our client, EMW Women's Surgical Center, is prepared to resume operations if and when they can. Stay tuned for more information by following @ACLUofKY on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Federal abortion protections ended with the fall of Roe when Attorney General Cameron began enforcing Kentucky's abortion bans. We immediately sued in state court, arguing the Kentucky Constitution guarantees the rights to privacy, bodily autonomy, and self-determination.