WA AG Bob Ferguson urges court to strike down Kentucky anti-abortion law

WA AG Bob Ferguson urges court to strike down Kentucky anti-abortion law
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EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville and Planned Parenthood sued in 2017, claiming the regulations posed an "undue burden" on a woman's right to abortion.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson participated in filing an amicus brief on Friday, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to acknowledge that a Kentucky law regulating abortion is unconstitutional.

EMW Women’s Surgical Center (EMW) is the only licensed abortion facility in Kentucky, a fact that the state’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services is attempting to change. In 2017, the cabinet notified EMW that its license to perform abortions had been renewed in error.

The brief filed by Ferguson argues that, by eliminating the only abortion provider in the state, Kentucky would be violating a woman’s constitutional right to access abortion services. Even more, the law would harm neighboring states, which would have to accommodate an increased demand for abortion services.

“This law is a clear violation of a woman’s constitutional right to choose,” Ferguson said in a statement on Friday.

“It would leave Kentucky without any safe, licensed abortion provider at all. It’s shocking that the defenders of this law are arguing that women’s constitutional rights are not unduly burdened because they can travel to a neighboring state for their reproductive health care. My colleagues across the country and I urge the court to block this unconstitutional law.”

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