Keep EMW Open Rally in Support of Abortion Access in Kentucky
BREAKING (3/31/19 at 2 p.m.): Judge Greg N. Stivers has granted the ACLU’s request for a temporary restraining order in EMW clinic closure case. The doors stay open!
The Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Kentucky Health Justice Network, Louisville Clinic Escorts, Planned Parenthood of Kentucky and Indiana, A Fund Inc, Reproductive Rights for Kentucky PAC, and other supportive partners (including Indivisible Kentucky) are holding a rally in Louisville on Sunday, April 2nd at 2 p.m. in response to Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services revoking the license of Kentucky’s last remaining abortion clinic, EMW Women’s Surgical Center.
Earlier this month, Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services sent a letter to EMW Women’s Surgical Center stating that their license would be revoked and the clinic shut down, effective Monday, April 3rd. The Cabinet claims that EMW’s agreements with a local hospital and ambulance service, agreements that were reviewed and approved just last year, are no longer sufficient.
We know that from day one, the goal of Governor Matt Bevin’s administration has been to make abortion impossible to obtain in Kentucky.
“Revoking the license of Kentucky’s only abortion clinic not only endangers the lives of Kentuckians, taxpayer money will be spent to litigate a case similar to one already decided by the Supreme Court,” said Marcie Crim, Executive Director of Kentucky Health Justice Network.
The law that Kentucky is using to attempt to shut down the clinic is very similar to Texas laws that the Supreme Court recently struck down in June in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In that case, the court held that requiring business arrangements with a hospital served no medical purpose and instead posed real harm to women.
“Our governor’s attempts to cast his actions as being taken to safeguard women’s health are transparent in their deception. When abortion becomes inaccessible in Kentucky, we will see the return of illegal and unsafe abortions, as happened before Roe v. Wade. This is not protecting women’s health – just the opposite!” said Carol Savkovich, co-chair of the Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Kentuckians are angry and scared about the impact shutting down Kentucky’s only abortion clinic will have for folks in need and they’re showing up on April 2nd to show Governor Bevin and Frankfort how much Kentuckians cares about reproductive freedom.