Louisville abortion clinic becomes only one in Kentucky

Published: Jan. 28, 2017 at 9:30 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2017 at 9:44 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There is only one clinic in Kentucky to get an abortion as of Saturday, and it's in Louisville.

The EMW Women's Clinic in Lexington closed on Friday, now the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville is the only option in the Commonwealth.

For some this means less lives lost, for others it means fewer options for medical care.

Prayer and protest met the first day of the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville being the only abortion clinic in Kentucky.

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"Women have been having abortions forever,"Fausta Luchini said "It's not like closings the clinics is going to keep them from having abortions they just won't be safe abortions."

Luchini is a volunteer escort. She and a dozen others, including Pat Canon, walked women and families into the clinic.

"This is a part of women's health," Canon said. "No other clinic in the United States or hospital has protesters like this for health care options that are safe and legal."

Both women say closing the clinic in Lexington reduces options for women.

Those who were protesting say it is a small win in their pro-life battle.

"We are glad this is the last clinic," Joseph Spurgeon said. "But we will be even happier when this place is paved over and there is a sign that says they used to murder babies here."

Spurgeon lead a group of protesters.

Many carried signs and prayed. Spurgeon made his case for why patients should not go inside the clinic.

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"We are pushing and hoping that there will be politicians there will be leaders the governor who will actually stand up and say a murder has happened far too much," Spurgeon said.

On Saturday WAVE 3 reached out to the Louisville EMW facility director Anne Ahola who gave this statement.

"Lexington clinic closing has increased the patient count in Louisville by a little.  Lexington was open only 2 days a week, however some patients from the eastern part of our commonwealth now have to travel further.  It increases their drive time, the cost in addition to other difficulties that traveling so far would create, for people who are already faced with a lot of struggles.

The Louisville clinic will absorb the population from all other parts of the Commonwealth.  A pregnancy termination is a safe alternative for an unplanned pregnancy, not anything that women take lightly, but often a necessary alternative to bringing a child into often a very difficult environment.  We would see far less abortions if education, healthcare and contraceptives were more available and affordable."

No matter the future for this clinic, both protesters and volunteers say if it is open they will continue to show up.

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