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6th Circuit agrees to allow AG to intervene to defend Kentucky’s law requiring abortion clinics to have transfer agreement with local hospital

by | Aug 7, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

When you are defending a pro-life law against the inevitable onslaught of pro-abortion legal organizations, there is nothing more important than an Attorney General who goes all-out to protect pro-life legislation.

That’s why it was very important today that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit unanimously ruled that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron can intervene in the ongoing legal challenge brought against Kentucky’s transfer-agreement statute by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

“The Sixth Circuit’s ruling is an important recognition of the role our office plays in defending the Commonwealth’s laws,” said Attorney General Cameron. “I am proud to stand in support of this longstanding law, which ensures the health and safety of patients. While the merits of this case have already been argued, it’s important that our office is in a position to continue defending the law.”

The transfer agreement is not new—it was passed in 1998. According to the AG’s office, it “requires that abortion clinics have a transfer agreement with a hospital as a well as an agreement with a local ambulance provider. Such an agreement ensures that abortion clinics can transfer patients to local hospitals in the safest and fastest way possible in the event of a medical emergency or complication.”

After a three-day trial, a federal district court in Louisville invalidated the transfer agreement statute in 2018. However the administration of then-Gov. Matt Bevin appealed the decision to the Sixth Circuit where it was argued in August 2019. “The appeal remains pending before the Sixth Circuit, and a decision on the merits is expected in the near future,” according to the Attorney General’s office.

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