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Abortion Services To Resume At Louisville Planned Parenthood Facility

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has announced it will begin providing abortion services again after receiving its provisional license from the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services this week. 

Former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin had sought to deny the downtown Louisville facility a license, leading to a protracted court battle. The move coincided with the GOP-led General Assembly's enactment of a series of new abortion restrictions, including new ultrasound requirements and a “trigger law” that would set in motion an automatic abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its Roe vs. Wade decision.

Planned Parenthood received notice on January 3rdthat their denied license would be reconsidered under Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration, which also declared that the reproductive healthcare organization did not violate state law by performing abortions for two months back in 2015.

“Kentucky has gone from one abortion provider to two, which is a significant win for reproductive health care in the state,” PPINK CEO Chris Charbonneau said in a press release. “Abortion access in Kentucky and across the country is at great risk, so while this is a step forward, the fight is far from over.” The other provider is EMW Women’s Surgical Center. Both are located in Louisville.

The Kentucky Senate recently approved a bill mandating that physicians provide life-sustaining care for any infant born alive following a failed abortion.

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