Wednesday, May 3, 2017
From The New York Times:
As states across the nation enact increasingly aggressive restrictions on abortion, perhaps nowhere has the political climate shifted as much as here in Kentucky, where the E.M.W. Women's Surgical Center, a squat tan brick building on Market Street, is the state's sole abortion clinic.
Over the past year, Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican who calls himself "unapologetically pro-life," has blocked a new Planned Parenthood clinic from performing abortions, shuttered E.M.W.'s satellite clinic in Lexington and threatened to close the existing one in Louisville. Backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the clinic has sued the state; a trail is set for September.
The governor's forceful moves have rattled reproductive rights advocates, made him a hero among abortion opponents and prompted both sides in the debate to ask a question: Could Kentucky become America's only state to lack a single abortion clinic?
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