Kentucky judge blocks state abortion ban

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July 1, 2022 — A Kentucky judge temporarily blocked the state’s new six-week abortion ban, allowing the trial to resume for now, according to The Associated Press.

Jefferson County District Judge Mitch Perry ruled in favor of two abortion providers in Kentucky — Planned Parenthood and EMW Women’s Surgical Center. They sought an injunction against enforcement of the law, which came into effect after the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade had picked up.

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, Kentucky officials have already appealed Perry’s order.

Perry has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday because pro-choice advocates are seeking an injunction to block Kentucky’s abortion ban while their case goes through court. The injunction is now in effect, meaning clinics can resume offering their services.

EMW and Planned Parenthood said they plan to resume services at their Louisville locations, the newspaper reported. EMW, the state’s only full-time provider, said it will start again Friday, while Planned Parenthood, which offers part-time abortions, said it will start scheduling patients.

Most states around Kentucky still allow abortions, the newspaper reported, although lawmakers in several states want to restrict access following the Supreme Court ruling. Illinois and Virginia are the two neighboring states where abortion remains largely unrestricted.

EMW and Planned Parenthood provide contact information and resources on their websites to help locate the nearest facility, the newspaper reported. The Kentucky Health Justice Network also helps people find a clinic, make an appointment, and get financial assistance.

Abortion bans and restrictions are now in effect or scheduled to take effect in 22 states, including 13 that like Kentucky, like Kentucky, passed after the repeal of Roe v. Wade should come into force.

State courts in Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Utah have temporarily blocked bans since last week, Reuters reported. Abortion providers are seeking similar court decisions in Idaho, Mississippi, Ohio and West Virginia.

Kentucky’s new law would ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for maternal death or serious injury.

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