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Kentucky on Its Way to Becoming First Abortion-Free State

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 May 09
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Kentucky is on its way to becoming the first state with no abortion clinics. There is only one abortion clinic left in the state and officials say that the clinic has not complied with basic safety standards. reports that the administration of Kentucky’s conservative Christian Gov. Matt Bevin is working to end access to abortion in the state. Administration officials argue that EMW Women’s Clinic--the last clinic open for business--is in violation of regulations that mandate the clinic obtain ambulance and hospital admittance privileges from a local hospital.

The clinic maintains that it is not in violation of these regulations and, along with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, filed a lawsuit against the state.

Bevin and his administration remain committed to putting an end to abortion, however. Bevin says that he is “unapologetically pro-life.”

Though abortion activists allege that Bevin and his administration are trying to make abortion inaccessible in the state by targeting abortion clinics for their health safety standards, state spokesman Doug Hogan has a different view:

“The Bevin administration is working diligently to protect the health, welfare and lives of women in Kentucky,” Hogan said, adding that the regulations are not new and have been in place since 1998. 

Bevin himself had some harsh words for Planned Parenthood: “This administration will have no tolerance for the type of brazen disregard that Planned Parenthood has shown for both the safety of women and the rule of law. We will hold Planned Parenthood accountable for knowingly endangering their patients by providing illegal abortions at a facility that was not properly licensed nor prepared to handle an emergency.”


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Publication date: May 9, 2017