Thursday, March 17, 2016

Judge hears abortion clinic case in Lexington

(AP) — Awaiting a ruling from a judge, a Lexington abortion clinic will remain closed for at least one day longer than it was hoping to.

News outlets report that a judge heard arguments Wednesday but declined to rule immediately on whether the clinic should be forced to shut down.

Gov. Matt Bevin administration's Cabinet for Health and Family Services filed a lawsuit two weeks ago, accusing the clinic of operating without a license.

Steve Pitt, Bevin's general counsel, told Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone it was clear that the EMW Women's Clinic performed only abortions and thus must be licensed by the state.

Clinic owner Ernest Marshall says he received a legal opinion years ago that it could operate as an unlicensed doctor's office that performs abortions.


The clinic will remain closed through at least Thursday.