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‘Scant Medical Benefits’ Doom Kentucky’s Abortion Emergency Law

Oct. 1, 2018, 6:37 PM

Kentucky’s last abortion clinic is open following a federal court decision striking a law that required it to have emergency care agreements with hospitals and ambulance companies.

The “scant medical benefits from transfer and transport agreements are far outweighed by the burden imposed on Kentucky women seeking abortions,” the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky said Sept. 28. Judge Greg N. Stivers concluded the law unlawfully placed a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking abortions and put an undue burden on abortion access.

The decision bucks a recent trend as two federal appeals courts in ...

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