Lexington judge rules abortion clinic can remain open

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington judge on Friday denied the state’s request for a temporary injunction closing a women’s clinic in Lexington where first trimester abortions are performed.

The state is suing the EMW Women’s Clinic, saying it doesn’t have a license to perform abortions.  As a part of the lawsuit, the state requested a temporary injunction against the facility.  The clinic voluntarily closed its doors March 9 pending the judge’s injunction ruling.

Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone ruled that in addition to evidence that the clinic was operating legally, closing it would go against the public interest.

The ruling means that the clinic can reopen, which representatives from EMW say they intend to do next week.

A spokeswoman for Governor Matt Bevin says the administration will appeal Friday’s injunction ruling as soon as possible.

The state’s lawsuit against the clinic will still continue.

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