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FRANKFORT, Ky. | Friday, June 28, 2019

In a major pro-life victory for Gov. Matt Bevin and the people of the Commonwealth, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today denied EMW Women's Surgical Center's petition for rehearing of the House Bill 2 ultrasound case.

In April, the Sixth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of HB 2 (2017), which requires an abortion provider to provide mothers with an ultrasound and a description of what it depicts, as well as the opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat, before she chooses to terminate her pregnancy.

Earlier this month, the Louisville abortion clinic asked the Court to rehear the case en banc (before the entire bench) in a desperate attempt to undermine the Kentucky law, which passed with the support of more than 87 percent of state legislators.

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The Courier-Journal quoted the ACLU attorney from NY who called the law ‘medically unnecessary’ and not supported by medical groups including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association. Read more.

In the linked video, Gov. Bevin discusses the victory!


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Planned Parenthood may soon be permitted to do abortions in its downtown Louisville facility on 7th Street.

Judge Greg Stivers wants to know ASAP if the state finds grounds to deny the license.

“You better move this one up to the front of the line," Stivers told Chad Meredith, a lawyer for Bevin.

"Yes, sir. I understand," Meredith said, according to a transcript of the telephonic conference the Courier Journal obtained.

"It can be done," Stivers said. "There's no question it can be done."

Added Stivers: "I can't understand why the secretary of that cabinet could not, could not get this license, this updated license, processed within 45 days."

Meredith responded that the cabinet "will absolutely move heaven and earth" to get the license application processed within that time.

That does not guarantee a favorable decision from the state.

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We believe that Deputy General Counsel Meredith is being polite, but Planned Parenthood's clinic in Louisville was denied a license because it did not have any Transfer Agreements, as required by Kentucky law. For background, see here. The TA Appeal before the Sixth Circuit will be heard on August 8. Before that time, it is unlikely that PP's license status will change. Please pray that the Appeal will be favorable for babies.


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We have spectacular fireworks BEFORE the Fourth of July! The RTL Educational Foundation radio spots are sparking interest! Hear the spots and view the current media schedule.

The ads were created by Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation. He is a creative talent in the pro-life arena.

The media campaign will continue through mid-September.

Your donations of any amount are very welcome. Mail a check payable to the RTL Educational Foundation of Kentucky to Right to Life, 134 Breckinridge Lane, Louisville, KY 40207, or donate through PayPal or with your credit card. You do not need to be a PayPal member to use their site for donations. Thank you!


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On June 11 the Bevin Administration filed a court document to oppose the petition filed by the EMW Clinic and ACLU challenging the successful Appeal that enforced HB 2, Kentucky’s Ultrasound Law.

EMW/ACLU wants their “do-over” case to be heard by the full court of judges— 28 in all.

Steve Pitt, General Counsel for Gov. Bevin, has stated:

"Rehearing a case en banc is an extraordinary legal procedure, not simply a flippant opportunity for a do-over. In this case, the panel majority faithfully applied the relevant Supreme Court precedent to determine that the legislation at issue is constitutional. Thus, granting en banc rehearing is neither warranted under the rules nor a useful investment of the Court's time.”

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Read the response of Adam Meier, Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to the EMW/ACLU appeal here.

AG Beshear has refused to be involved in the case.


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nurse.jpgNumerous articles online discuss a growing trend for non-doctors to gain the right to abort babies. In January Planned Parenthood sued the state of Idaho to change its law requiring that abortions be performed by doctors. In California midwives and nurses are allowed to do abortions.

A committee of the ProLife OB/GYNS recently issued an opinion on this practice. In part they advise:

CNM training is focused on normal delivery of term infants, under the supervision of a physician. Their training does not focus on performance of normal or abnormal surgeries on the female reproductive system, nor does it include training in the management of surgical complications of D&C’s including perforation of the uterus or nearby organs.

An APRN may have even less training. An APRN may hold a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, but may also enter APRN training with a 3-year Associate’s degree. APRN training programs typically require between 1 and 3 years additional training, some of which may be conducted online. Their training also does not focus on the performance of normal or abnormal surgeries on the female reproductive system, nor does it include training in the management of surgical complications of D&C’s including perforation of the uterus or nearby organs.

Neither a CNM nor an APRN would be eligible for surgical privileges at a hospital. That is because hospitals know the risks to patients that come from unskilled personnel providing surgery beyond their training.

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