A federal judge struck down a 20-year-old Kentucky law that requires abortion clinics to have established agreements with hospitals and ambulances in the event of medical emergencies.
Judge Greg Stivers of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky – an Obama appointee – handed a victory to abortion rights activists when he ruled that the law mandating that abortion clinics establish “transfer agreements” with hospitals and ambulance services violates a woman’s right to abortion.
“The court has carefully reviewed the evidence presented in this case and concludes that the record is devoid of any credible proof that the challenged regulations have any tangible benefit to women’s health,” Stivers wrote in his ruling. “On the other hand, the regulations effectively eliminate women’s rights to abortions in the state. Therefore, the challenged regulations are unconstitutional.”