ACLU will challenge law banning specific abortion method

04/11/2018 11:55 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against a new law banning a specific abortion method, which was signed into immediate effect on Tuesday by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky.

The law bans physicians from providing the abortion method known as dilation and evacuation, or “D&E”. The new law was sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, bans the method which involves removing the fetal and placental tissue with a combination of suction and instruments, 11 weeks or later into the pregnancy.

The federal lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, seeks to stop enforcement of this law while the case proceeds, the ACLU said in a statement announcing the suit on Wednesday.

The ACLU argues the law will force patient to travel hundreds of miles out of state if they need this abortion procedure. The lawsuit argues that the law imposes serious harm on women’s health and dignity and will continue to do so every day it remains in effect.

“We’re suing Kentucky yet again — this time to stop state politicians from banning a safe abortion method,” said Talcott Camp, deputy director with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “This law disregards a woman’s health and decisions in favor of a narrow ideological agenda.”

Kentucky has only one abortion provider left.

“Kentucky politicians have already shut down all but one abortion clinic in our state,” said Michael Aldridge, executive director of the ACLU of Kentucky. “Now they want to invade the exam room and stop doctors from providing safe, quality care. It’s shameless, insulting, and dangerous.”

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include EMW Women’s Surgical Center, as well as two physicians who provide care at EMW.

A copy of the complaint can be viewed here.

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