LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Louisville Planned Parenthood facility has agreed to halt abortions for now, following a cease and desist order from the state, according to Governor Matt Bevin’s office. The following statement from Governor Bevin was released Friday evening:
“I am glad to report that Planned Parenthood in Louisville acknowledged it has no legal authority for its actions and has agreed to stop performing illegal abortions. This clinic brazenly set out to conduct abortions without a license in clear violation of Kentucky law. The Commonwealth acted swiftly to end these unlawful procedures, and we will continue to investigate the matter thoroughly.”
A letter from the state Cabinet for Family and Health Services sent to the Planned Parenthood center in Louisville dated Thursday said the facility was not currently authorized to perform abortions because its recent application to perform the procedure was deficient because it had not entered into an agreement with a hospital that could take patients who have complications from an abortion procedure.
In his initial statement upon learning abortions were being performed at the center, Governor Bevin said the facility was “openly and knowingly operating an unlicensed abortion facility in clear violation of the law.”
A private provider does operate abortion clinics in Louisville and Lexington.