Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky's last remaining abortion facility is fighting for its life. That's because the EMW Women's Clinic refuses to abide by state law requiring medical centers to have ambulatory agreements with local hospitals.  EMW attorney Donald L. Cox said the requirements have one purpose: "to give the state an excuse to prohibit abortions." But the state's lawyers disagree. They say EMW glosses over the fact that "complications [from abortion] do occur and that transport agreements are important safeguards for women's health in the event of such complications." The law has been on the books since 1998 and it applies to all medical facilities, not just abortion-related ones. But its fate is now in the hands of a federal judge. And hanging in the balance is the safety of thousands of women who enter the clinic.