A special note
Laws Under Fire
Transfer Agreements - Appeal to be made
Following a three day hearing in September 2017, U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers has sided with the EMW Women’s Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood to strike down a Kentucky law requiring abortion clinics to have a transfer agreement with a local hospital in case of an emergency.
Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokeswoman for Gov. Matt Bevin said the administration “plans to appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals,” The Kentucky Courier-Journal reported. “We are disappointed that the court would strike down a statute that protects the health and well-being of Kentucky women,” Kuhn said in an email.
Similar laws have been upheld in Louisiana and Ohio, increasing the likelihood that the Supreme Court may become involved.
The nub of the lawsuit is that the transfer agreement is both unnecessary and a ruse to block access to abortion—“They’re about shutting down abortion facilities,” said Brigitte Amiri, an ACLU attorney for EMW. Amiri insisted there were no problems until Matt Bevin became governor.”
The video is one of many on YouTube that report medical emergencies in abortion clinics and the need for swift response in a hospital setting that the transfer agreement is designed to facilitate.