Kentucky clinic given OK to apply for abortion license

dublinbay z6 (KS)

Some good news for Planned Parenthood in Kentucky.


"[Former governor] Bevin, a staunchly anti-abortion Republican, had ordered abortions halted at the downtown Louisville facility after learning early in his term as governor in 2016 that it was performing the procedure. The two sides had battled in court since then. Bevin lost his reelection bid to Democrat Andy Beshear in November, and Beshear, who supports abortion rights, took office on Dec. 10.

A letter sent from the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services on Jan. 3 to the Planned Parenthood clinic said the state was rescinding its decision to deny an application to provide abortions.

“Gov. Beshear’s administration recognized that our license had been wrongfully denied and that the previous administration didn’t follow the proper process," Hannah Brass Greer, chief legal counsel for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said in a statement.

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Bevin and the Republican-controlled General Assembly had moved in recent years to enact restrictions on abortions, including passing a law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients prior to abortions. A federal appeals court upheld that law in June.

The cabinet under Bevin in 2016 filed a lawsuit arguing that the Louisville Planned Parenthood clinic did not have valid hospital and ambulatory agreements, which would be used if there was a medical emergency. Planned Parenthood said Tuesday that it was filing papers to have the lawsuit dismissed.

After Planned Parenthood stopped providing abortions in 2016, the EMW clinic in Louisville became the state's only provider."



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