- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on a bill in the Kentucky General Assembly that would amend the state’s informed consent law (all times local).

4 p.m.

Planned Parenthood says it will work to correct problems at a Louisville abortion clinic after Kentucky health officials ordered it to stop the procedures.

The state says the clinic needs an agreement with a hospital to take in women who have complications from an abortion. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said it is working on those agreements and the facility received assurances from state officials in early December that it could begin providing abortions.

That was before Gov. Matt Bevin took office. The Republican says the facility was “openly and knowingly operating an unlicensed abortion facility in clear violation of the law.”


3 p.m.

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.


10 a.m.

Republicans say the Kentucky Senate will take what could be a final vote on an abortion bill next week.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said Friday the Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to accept House changes to a bill amending the informed consent law.

Thayer says Monday’s session “promises to be momentous.” If the Senate accepts House changes, the measure would go to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Senate President Robert Stivers predicts the Senate will accept the changes.

The House-passed version would allow real-time video consultations between doctors and women as an option at least 24 hours before an abortion. The Senate earlier voted to require patients to meet with doctors in person at least 24 hours before an abortion.


The legislation is Senate Bill 4.

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