Ky. moves to halt abortions at Louisville clinic
The state has ordered a Louisville Planned Parenthood facility to halt abortions because its recent application to perform the procedure is deficient.
A letter from the state Cabinet for Family and Health Services sent to the Planned Parenthood center in downtown Louisville dated Thursday says the facility is not currently authorized to perform abortions.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said in a statement that the facility was "openly and knowingly operating an unlicensed abortion facility in clear violation of the law."
Aside from the Planned Parenthood facility, a private provider of abortions operates clinics in Louisville and Lexington, the state’s two largest cities. State officials said in the letter to Planned Parenthood that its Nov. 19 application to begin performing abortions at its Louisville facility is deficient because it has not entered into an agreement with a hospital that could take patients who have complications from an abortion procedure.
A phone message left with a media contact for Planned Parenthood in New York was not returned Friday afternoon.