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Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Bevin Administration, Allows Case against Planned Parenthood to Proceed

Louisville facility performed unlawful abortion procedures in 2015-16

Contact: Woody Maglinger
502-564-2611
Woody.Maglinger@ky.gov

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2017) – The Kentucky Court of Appeals today reversed a judge from Jefferson Circuit Court and ruled in favor of the Bevin Administration in an important case regarding the health and safety of women in the Commonwealth.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services filed a lawsuit last year against Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., after its Louisville facility unlawfully performed nearly two dozen abortions in December 2015 and January 2016 without a license. The Jefferson Circuit Court preemptively ruled that the Administration’s suit was without merit.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals unanimously disagreed, ruling that the Cabinet can continue to pursue its claims for monetary penalties against Planned Parenthood.

“We applaud today’s Court of Appeals ruling allowing this important case to proceed,” said Steve Pitt, Gov. Matt Bevin's general counsel. “The facts are clear and alarming: Between Dec. 3, 2015 and Jan. 28, 2016, Planned Parenthood’s Louisville facility performed 23 abortions without proper licensing or emergency safeguards in place. This disregard for both the safety of women and the rule of law is simply unacceptable, and Planned Parenthood must be held accountable.”

Between Dec. 3, 2015 and Jan. 28, 2016, when the Cabinet first learned that Planned Parenthood had been operating an unlicensed abortion facility without hospital and ambulance transfer agreements, Planned Parenthood performed 23 abortions, placing its patients’ health and safety at an extreme risk.

To download the full Court of Appeals ruling, please click here.

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