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Kentucky AG Cleared To Intervene In Abortion Law Case

Aug 7, 2020
Originally published on August 7, 2020 3:35 pm

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron can move forward with a defense of a state abortion law, according to a U.S. Appeals Court ruling.

At issue is a 1998 Kentucky law  which requires abortion clinics to obtain transfer agreements with both a hospital and ambulance service in the event of a medical emergency. A federal court struck down the law in 2018, but it was appealed by then-Gov. Matt Bevin's administration to the Sixth Circuit where it remains pending.

The new decision from the appeals court allows Cameron to intervene in the case. In a press release, the Republican said he's proud to stand in support of the law, which he described as one meant to "ensure the health and safety of patients."

Opposing Cameron is the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville argued last year in their case against Bevin that the governor was abusing the transfer law in a bid to shut down what was, at that time, the only remaining clinic in the state providing abortions.

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