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Dozens rally to fight closing state's only abortion clinic

Dozens rally to fight closing state's only abortion clinic

Dozens rally to fight closing state's only abortion clinic

"The very right to access legal abortion in the state of Kentucky is on the line".

Kentucky's "unapologetically pro-life" governor and the state's last abortion clinic will square off on Wednesday in a federal courtroom in a case that could make it the first USA state without an abortion provider.

That's where the state will square off against EMW Women's Surgical Center on Wednesday.

State officials said the case was not about eliminating abortions in Kentucky, but about regulating clinics to keep them safe.

The Louisville abortion clinic filed a lawsuit against the Bevin Administration's complaint and the trials will start Wednesday.

In court documents, EMW and its lawyers argue that the threat of closure and revocation of the clinic's medical license came "out of the blue" - and that they'd used the same state-approved hospital agreement for more than two years before the state informed them of the decision.

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

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While pro-lifers may think this is a reason to celebrate, attorney Donald L. Cox for EMW Women's Clinic meant his statement to cause concern.

Kentucky law requires an abortion clinic to have transfer agreements with a hospital and ambulance service in case of an emergency. The socially conservative governor calls himself an "unapologetically pro-life individual".

"In that regard, that would be somewhat historic", Rusty Thomas, a religious leader and head of the anti-abortion group Operation Save America, told AFP.

"The transfer agreements' requirements in question - which were enacted in 1998 and not questioned for 19 years - 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.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America's chief medical officer, Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, tells POPSUGAR the Kentucky law must go.

The case could test court interpretations of last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down parts of a Texas law that required clinics to meet hospital-like standards and for clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Seven other states also now have one abortion clinic left.

The state claims it is guarding patient safety and women would still have access to abortions should the clinic be forced to close.

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