Ky. Appeals Court Orders Lexington Clinic to Halt Abortions

Jun 16, 2016

A Kentucky appeals court Wednesday ordered a Lexington clinic to stop performing abortions until it gets a license from the state.  Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says EMW Women's Clinic has been performing abortions without a license.      


The clinic's owner says he is exempt from the licensure requirement because the clinic is a private physician's office. Bevin sued, asking a judge to force the facility to close.

In March, a state judge denied Bevin's request. But  a three-judge panel on the state Court of Appeals reversed that decision. The judges questioned whether the clinic would qualify as a private office because it has performed only abortions for the past year.

Scott White, the clinic's attorney, said the clinic's owner would probably appeal to the state Supreme Court.