Thank you, Governor Give Birth Or Die, You Bitches. Abortion restrictions do not prevent a single abortion. They only prevent safe, legal abortions. They do, however, increase sales of wire hangers.
Sheldon Shafer at the Courier:
The EMW Women's Clinic in Lexington, one of the two remaining outlets in Kentucky that performed abortions, is closing, effective Jan. 27.Welcome to Gilead.
That amounts to "some very sad news for the women of Kentucky today. The Lexington abortion clinic is now a permanent casualty of Kentucky's governor, Matt Bevin," according to a posting on the Facebook page of the Kentucky National Organization for Women.The state's only abortion provider is the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville.The Facebook post quoted a statement from officials of the clinic that said:"As you know, for the past 6 1/2 months we have diligently pursued obtaining a license to operate an abortion facility. Although we and our attorney believed we had fulfilled all the requirements to obtain the license, the Inspector General of Kentucky disagreed and denied us the license."Unfortunately, our landlord has also declined to renew our lease on the space we have occupied at 161 Burt Road since 1989."Clinic officials said, "There is, indeed, a chill wind blowing for women of Kentucky."Phone calls to the Lexington clinic were not answered Saturday afternoon.The Kentucky Supreme Court in August denied an appeal that would have reopened the Lexington clinic that closed in June amid the dispute over licensing. It apparently had not resumed offering the procedure in recent months.Abortion-rights advocates continue to confront Bevin and his conservative backers on the abortion controversy.Just this past week the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking a new Kentucky abortion law that would require doctors providing abortions to first perform an ultrasound of the fetus and try to show and describe the image to the patient — even if she objects.The measure, House Bill 2, was approved earlier this month by the Kentucky General Assembly, with an emergency clause that allowed Bevin to sign it into law immediately. He also signed into law a bill that prohibits abortion after a woman reaches the 20th week of pregnancy.The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville on behalf of the state's sole remaining abortion provider, EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, and three physicians who provide abortions.