The Supreme Court may tie lawmakers’ hands, and Congress has been largely useless on the issue, but over the past several years state governments have done tremendous work to restrict the abortion industry in every way within the boundaries of Roe v. Wade, leading to regular stories of abortion clinics closing across the country.
In Kentucky, such efforts are about to make history, as the state is slated to become the first in the nation to not have any so-called clinics where women go to have their preborn babies killed.
The Daily Wire reports that the last abortion facility in the state, EMW Women’s Clinic in Louisville, is expected to shut down in the coming weeks because they don’t meet a medical safety regulation mandating that abortion facilities have hospital and ambulance service agreements for patient emergencies:
When [Republican Governor Matt] Bevin moved to revoke the facility’s license until compliance, EMW sued the state. A new Louisville-based Planned Parenthood denied abortion clinic licensing also joined in on the legal action.
The safety regulations required for licensing “are important safeguards for women’s health in the event of complications,” say state lawyers.
“The Bevin administration is working diligently to protect the health, welfare and lives of women in Kentucky,” said Amanda Stamper, a spokeswoman for the pro-life governor.
Donald Cox, a lawyer representing EMW, has called Bevin “a governor who is specifically anti-abortion,” and says he “views himself as a mini-Trump.”
“We’ve been doing this for 30 years so to all of a sudden say it’s not safe to have abortions anymore is crazy,” Cox added.
A couple things about that, Donald: your client’s business is never safe for the baby, and this isn’t the first time EMW has had problems following the rules, as Life News has previously reported:
Last year, [Bevin’s administration] shut down another EMW abortion facility in Lexington after state officials caught it masquerading as a doctor’s office and performing abortions without a license. State health investigators also found unsanitary conditions inside the facility, according to the Courier Journal. The state had to go through a legal battle before it could close the facility.
It’s also worth noting that the only reason pro-lifers have to settle for these indirect regulations on the abortion industry rather than outright banning the prenatal slaughter of children for convenience is because the Left and the abortion lobby have insulated the issue from the democratic process via judicial activism. I, for one, would be perfectly happy to drop all of these peripheral regulations in exchange for the opportunity to put the question of abortion’s legality directly to the voters.
Funny thing, though — I’ve been offering that deal to abortion advocates for years, and none of them, no matter how loudly they complain about regulations like Kentucky’s, have ever expressed willingness to take me up on it.
According to Vice News, seven states aside from Kentucky are down to a single abortion provider: West Virginia, Missouri, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Alaska. It’s a good start, but the states can’t do it all. It’s long past time that Congress started doing more to end the killing.