Thanks to the tireless effort from brave pro-life advocates, voters, and politicians, there are a total of seven states that have only one abortion clinic left: Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Missouri, West Virginia, and Kentucky.
In Kentucky, the pro-life movement and mothers and their babies are on the cusp of another major victory: ridding the state entirely of the death clinics.
In a matter of weeks, the last abortion clinic in the state, EMW Women’s Clinic in Louisville, could be forced to pack up their sopher clamps and close their doors, thanks to Republican Governor Matt Bevin.
According to Bevin, EMW — which was caught performing abortions without a license in 2016 — “is not in compliance with a state law that requires it to have hospital and ambulance service agreements for patient emergencies,” reported Life News in September.
When Bevin moved to revoke the facility’s license until compliance, EMW sued the state. A new Louisville-based Planned Parenthood denied abortion clinic licensing also joined in on the legal action.
The safety regulations required for licensing “are important safeguards for women’s health in the event of complications,” say state lawyers.
“The Bevin administration is working diligently to protect the health, welfare and lives of women in Kentucky,” said Amanda Stamper, a spokeswoman for the pro-life governor.
Donald Cox, a lawyer representing EMW, has called Bevin “a governor who is specifically anti-abortion,” and says he “views himself as a mini-Trump.”
“We’ve been doing this for 30 years so to all of a sudden say it’s not safe to have abortions anymore is crazy,” Cox added.
“The very right to access legal abortion in the state of Kentucky is on the line,” argued an EMW founder, Dr. Ernest Marshall.
A decision in the case could be made as early as this month, reports The Telegraph.