A women's clinic in Louisville, joined by Planned Parenthood of in and Kentucky, is in federal court on Wednesday morning to demand that a U.S. District judge strike down rules that the Kentucky government, led by its vocally anti-choice Republican governor, is trying to use to shutter the state's only remaining abortion provider. The clinic narrowly escaped the closure, ordered for April 3, when a judge stepped in to issue a temporary restraining order. The state has used the rules to deny Planned Parenthood a license, and is now attempting to revoke EMW's license, claiming the clinic's existing agreements-which, until this March, had been deemed sufficient for several years-do not meet state requirements.
A group gathered at the federal courthouse in downtown Louisville Tuesday night to rally for abortion access.
"If this law is not struck down, access to safe, legal abortion for women in Kentucky will be virtually eliminated". Kentucky is among seven USA states with just one clinic left.
Clinic officials argued those impossible demands had no medical basis and would shut the clinic down. The American Civil Liberties Union is providing legal help to the clinic. Instead, EMW and its coplaintiffs are challenging the legality of the very requirements themselves. Those opposed say Governor Bevin only wants to create more barriers for women seeking abortions.
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Despite that ruling, conservative legislatures and Republican governors such as Kentucky's Matt Bevin have continued to tighten new regulations on abortion clinics. The outcome could determine whether Kentucky becomes the first state in the nation without an abortion clinic.
"[The requirements] are important measures for ensuring women have the proper life-saving procedures in place in the event of an emergency", said Bevin's spokeswoman Amanda Stamper.
"Women don't wake up in the morning and say, 'I think I'll get my hair done and have an abortion, '" Adams said.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America's chief medical officer, Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, tells POPSUGAR the Kentucky law must go. "We've seen what happens in states like Texas after politicians shut down clinics and women were forced to travel hundreds of miles and cross state lines to access an abortion, if they could at all".