- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Lexington clinic has decided to temporarily halt abortions until a judge rules on a request from Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration to close it.

Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone is expected to rule Tuesday on the state’s request for a temporary injunction for a “cease and desist” order against the EMW Women’s Clinic, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported (https://bit.ly/1LTH1lR).

The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services filed a lawsuit last week accusing the clinic of operating without a license.

The lawsuit also said the clinic does not have a required transfer agreement with a local ambulance service, maintained expired medicine and wasn’t clean.

Attorney Scott White, who is representing the clinic, said the clinic is not conceding that its services are improper but is merely waiting to hear from the judge before proceeding.

“We’re taking a timeout,” White said. “If the judge allows the clinic to continue its work, it will resume performing abortions on its regular office days on Thursdays and Fridays.”

The state’s lawsuit said a Feb. 18 inspection of the clinic - its first since 2006 - found it exists solely to perform abortions, disqualifying it for the licensure exemption provided to private physicians’ offices.

In his initial response to the lawsuit, White said the clinic was operating legally.

According to the state, anyone who operates an abortion clinic without a license can be fined up to $10,000 a day.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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