Kentucky abortion battle shifts to second-trimester ban

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The next round in Kentucky’s legal fight over abortion features the same combatants, but they’ll be arguing over a different issue – a second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies.

Lawyers for Kentucky’s only abortion clinic will argue in federal court next week that a new state law amounts to an unconstitutional ban on the “safest and most common method” of second-trimester abortions.

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Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration sees the law as a proper restriction on “a particularly gruesome form of abortion.”

Bevin signed the measure in April and it went into effect immediately.

That spurred a legal challenge from the state’s only remaining abortion clinic, EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville. Within days, a federal judge suspended its enforcement pending the outcome of a trial that begins Tuesday in Louisville.

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