Thursday, March 3, 2016

University Hospital to sever ties with Planned Parenthood

(AP) — KentuckyOne Health, which operates the University of Louisville Hospital, has backed out of an agreement to provide Planned Parenthood patients emergency care in case complications arise during an abortion.

Planned Parenthood attorney Thomas Clay said that the organization was told Tuesday by hospital officials that they were under pressure to terminate the agreement, and that the hospital's state funding was threatened. Clay said the hospital declined to say exactly where the pressure came from.

The state requires clinics that provide abortions to keep a transfer agreement with a local hospital in case of unexpected complications.

KentuckyOne Health spokeswoman Barbara Mackovic says despite the terminated agreement, "no patient will be turned away."


Gov. Matt Bevin's spokesman Steve Pitt says no one from the administration pressured University Hospital.