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Ky. appeals court orders Lexington clinic to stop performing abortions until it is licensed

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky appeals court has ordered a Lexington clinic to stop performing abortions until it gets a license from the state.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says EMW Women's Clinic in Lexington has been performing abortions without a license. The clinic's owner says he is exempt from the licensure requirement because the clinic is a private physician's office. Bevin sued, asking a judge to force the clinic to close.

In March, a state judge denied Bevin's request. But Wednesday, a three-judge panel on the state Court of Appeals reversed that decision.

The clinic's owner says it should be exempt because it's a private physician's office, but the judges questioned whether the clinic would qualify as a private office because it has performed only abortions for the past year.

Scott White, the clinic's attorney, said the clinic's owner would probably appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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