U of L Hospital cancels agreement with Planned Parenthood - WDRB 41 Louisville News

U of L Hospital cancels agreement with Planned Parenthood

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville Hospital has pulled out of an agreement with Planned Parenthood.

Louisville attorney Thomas Clay represents the clinic and says the hospital was pressured into leaving the agreement. He says because of that, women’s rights are being denied.

"There's a statute that says you have to have an agreement in writing," said Clay.

Clay says U of L Hospital canceled that agreement on Tuesday. The contract says the hospital will provide care for any Planned Parenthood patient who might have complications from an abortion.

The "transfer agreement" is needed in order for the clinic to get a state license to perform the abortions.

"It's kind of troubling that this agreement, which was entered into back in January, has now been canceled because of pressure that the hospital was receiving about funding from whoever provides that funding for them," Clay told WDRB.

Clay says that funding would come from the state, but he wouldn't specifically name who he thinks pressured the hospital.

Governor Matt Bevin sued Planned Parenthood, saying it illegally performed a total of 23 abortions in December and January because it didn't have a license.

In a statement to WDRB on Tuesday, the Governor's office said: "Planned Parenthood is making baseless and irresponsible accusations to distract from the undeniable fact that they performed unlicensed abortions without the essential agreements in place to protect women's health. No one in this administration put any pressure on anyone."

U of L Hospital is part of Kentucky One Health, which says it will still deliver emergency care to all patients.

KentuckyOne Health spokesperson David McArthur says: "KentuckyOne Health & University of Louisville Hospital are Committed to Delivering Emergency Care to All.

KentuckyOne Health and University of Louisville Hospital deliver emergency medical care to all patients in need and from any source, including Planned Parenthood. A contract or transfer agreement is not necessary for us to receive patients. No patient will be turned away.

This commitment to receiving patients from any source and delivering emergency care at University of Louisville Hospital or any other KentuckyOne Health site has not changed nor will change."

Clay says Planned Parenthood is not offering abortions now, but will continue to perform other women’s health services while he explores all legal options including a possible lawsuit.

"There are a number of potential defendants on the horizon and at this point I would hesitate to identify any of them," said Clay.

WDRB reached out to two other local hospitals to see if they would enter into a similar transfer agreement with Planned Parenthood.

A spokeswoman for Baptist Health said the hospital had “no comment.”

Norton Healthcare said: “Norton Healthcare does not maintain, nor has it ever maintained, patient transfer agreements with any area health care provider of abortion services.

We do, however, care for any emergent patient who seeks our care as a result of a medical complication or medical need. Our mission of service to the community, as well as federal law, requires that we care for all patients in need of emergency medical services.”

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