Trial that will decide fate of Kentucky's last abortion clinic begins

The right to an abortion is one of the most divisive social issues in the United States

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

Steve Pitt, attorney for the state, told the court Wednesday that the state is trying to protect women's health by enforcing the law, which has been in place for almost 20 years, the AP reports.

Pro-life Gov. Matt Bevin's administration said the Louisville abortion clinic is not adequately prepared to help patients if emergency complications arise. A later Supreme Court Case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, adds that states can not place an "undue burden" on a woman seeking an abortion.

If the clinic fails in its lawsuit and is forced to close, it would make Kentucky the only state in the nation without an abortion clinic.

However, EMW did have an agreement - one the state said wasn't sufficient.

Clinic officials argued those impossible demands had no medical basis and would shut the clinic down.

Because of him and his administration, hundreds of Kentucky women could be heavily limited in their health care choices and many unsafe, "at-home" abortions could occur, some of which may kill the women who use them.


Governor Bevin's administration told the clinic it was not meeting state health regulations requiring abortion clinics to have transfer agreements with local hospitals and ambulance services in cases of medical emergencies.

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

"It is telling that the abortion industry believes that it alone should be exempt from these important safety measures", said Bevin spokeswoman Amanda Stamper. "It could be the first surgically abortion-free state in the United States of America". The requirements have one objective: "to give the state an excuse to prohibit abortions", according to clinic attorney Donald L. Cox.

The lawsuit is the first to test a US Supreme Court ruling that past year gave abortion clinics added protections - prohibiting regulations that subject them to an "undue burden".

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

EMW, which is the site of nearly daily protests, argues that hospitals are already legally bound to accept any patient in an emergency and local EMS will transport patients without such agreements. Marshall said. "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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