Bevin confident in appeal of abortion law strike down

10/02/2018 07:22 PM

WASHINGTON- Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, believes he’ll win the appeal of a ruling from a Sixth Circuit Court judge striking down a 20 year abortion law.

While in Washington D.C., Bevin told Spectrum News he believes the ruling of U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers was made because the judge supports the abortion clinic.

“To actually uphold the constitution, which is his job. Then he would have had to rule against this abortion clinic in Louisville,” Bevin said. “He clearly didn’t want to do that, which is a shame because his job is to uphold the law.”

The Bevin administration is appealing the ruling of the judge and Bevin says he believes the law will be upheld.

“I’m confident when people look at the law itself this will be resolved correctly.” he said.

On Friday, Judge Stivers ruled the law unconstitutional and voided it.

The fight between the Bevin Administration and EMW Women’s Surgical Center stems from 2017. Reproductive rights activists say Governor Bevin is weaponizing the 1998 state law requiring abortion clinics to have transfer agreements with an ambulance service and hospital in the event of a medical emergency at the clinic. EMW filed the suit last year—claiming Gov. Bevin was abusing the law in an attempt to force the clinic to close. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky joined in on the suit in support of the lone abortion clinic.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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