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Kentucky clinic can now apply for abortion license

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LOUISVILLE — The Planned Parenthood clinic in Louisville can apply for a license to perform abortions, thanks to a new governor.

The clinic had fought the previous governor, Matt Bevin, for years to be able to continue services. Bevin, a Republican, had been one of the most anti-choice governors in the country.

Now, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported on Tuesday, new Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has said that the clinic is free to apply.

In a Jan. 3 letter to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, which operates the clinic, Eric Friedlander, acting secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said the organization has not committed any violations and may reapply for a license.

“By rescinding the improper decision by the previous administration, we are now following the established processes required to reapply for a license,” Friedlander said in a statement received by the newspaper. “This administration will follow the state laws and statutes related to licensing of these facilities.”

A lawyer for Planned Parenthood has said they will reapply for the license.

The state is also dropping the lawsuit Bevin had filed accusing Planned Parenthood of failing to comply with state law in its previous license application, the newspaper reported.

The Courier-Journal said that if the clinic does get the license, it will be one of two in the state that can perform abortions.

Planned Parenthood was, of course, happy with the news.

“Gov. Beshear’s administration recognized that our license had been wrongfully denied and that the previous administration didn’t follow the proper process,” said Hannah Brass Greer, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s chief legal counsel. “All people in Kentucky deserve to make their own pregnancy decisions and deserve to have access to safe and legal abortion care.” 

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