University Hospital to sever ties with Planned Parenthood

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – KentuckyOne Health, which operates the University of Louisville Hospital, has backed out of a transfer agreement to provide Planned Parenthood patients emergency care in case complications arise during an abortion.

Planned Parenthood attorney Thomas Clay says the organization was told Tuesday by hospital officials they were under incredible pressure from the state to terminate the agreement, and that the hospital’s state funding was threatened if they didn’t cancel the agreement.

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The state requires clinics that provide abortions to keep a transfer agreement with a local hospital in case of unexpected complications.

KentuckyOne Health spokeswoman Barbara Mackovic says a transfer agreement is not necessary and that no patient will be turned away from emergency treatment. “KentuckyOne Health and University of Louisville Hospital deliver emergency medical care to all patients in need and from any source, including Planned Parenthood. A contract or transfer agreement is not necessary for us to receive patients. No patient will be turned away.”

Gov. Bevin spokesman Steve Pitt says no one from the administration was involved in the alleged pressuring of University Hospital.


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