Thursday, August 25, 2016

State Supreme Court rejects Lexington abortion clinic's bid to remain open while it challenges Court of Appeals ruling closing it

The only abortion clinic in the eastern half of Kentucky will remain closed while it appeals the state's closure of it to the state Supreme Court.

The court denied a request from EMW Women's Clinic to repoen. It closed in June, "when the Court of Appeals overturned a Fayette Circuit Court ruling that allowed it to stay open after a legal challenge by Gov. Matt Bevin. The Court of Appeals’ ruling meant Bevin’s request to temporarily close the clinic until it received a license from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was granted," Linda Blackford reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Bevin issued a statement: “We are pleased that the Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeals’ decision recognizing that an unlicensed abortion clinic is prohibited from performing abortions. The laws of Kentucky matter and must be followed, even when individuals, corporations or lower court judges think otherwise.”

EMW attorney Scott White said in a statement: “At the end of the day, we are disappointed, but in no way disheartened. The fight for the EMW Clinic to be re-opened and the rights of Kentucky women will continue. We are optimistic that when we have the full trial later this year before Judge [Ernesto] Scorsone that we will win.”

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