On May 10, 2019 a federal district judge struck down a Kentucky law prohibiting physicians from providing dilation and evacuation (D&E), the standard method for abortion care after about 14 or 15 weeks. Leading medical experts such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists oppose this type of restriction.

Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, released the following statement in response to the ruling:

“Today’s ruling affirms that health, not politics, will guide important medical decisions about pregnancy. Laws like this are part of an orchestrated national strategy by anti-abortion politicians to push abortion out of reach entirely. Today’s decision holds — in no uncertain terms — that Kentuckians and the care they need come first."