State denies abortion license for Planned Parenthood

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state has denied Planned Parenthood an abortion license for its clinic in Kentucky.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky announced the decision by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services on Friday.

Planned Parenthood has been seeking an abortion license since 2015. The Bevin administration initially denied an application from Planned Parenthood, citing a law requiring abortion clinics have written agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service to transfer patients in case of an emergency as the reason. Last year, a federal judge struck down that law.

The same federal judge ordered the state to expedite its review of Planned Parenthood’s license, saying he wanted a decision no later than August 19.

Planned Parenthood sent out a statement following the state’s decision.

“While Governor Bevin is once again on the wrong side of history, we will continue to fight this decision and the slew of unpopular decisions that take away reproductive health care and abortion access in the Commonwealth,” said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of PPINK. “This decision shows the true motive, which is to purposefully place undue burdens on pregnant Kentuckians. Shame on Gov. Bevin and CHFS Secretary Adam Meier.”

For now, EMW Women’s Surgical Center, located in Louisville, is the only abortion clinic in Kentucky.

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