Family Foundation questions U of L Med School role at abortion clinic

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The Family Foundation on Wednesday asked Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to investigate the University of Louisville Medical School for violating state law with ties to the state’s only abortion clinic.


Kent Ostrander, executive director of the Family Foundation, said U of L may be using public funds through work at the EMW Women’s Surgical Services. The organization said documents it obtained showed the close relationship between U of L’s Medical School and the abortion clinic.


“These documents suggest that the only remaining abortion clinic in Kentucky is being run as an official or quasi-official arm of the University of Louisville’s Medical School,” said Family Foundation spokesman Martin Cothran. “Not only is U of L involved in the abortion clinic’s activities, but the clinic operates, for all practical purposes, as an extension of the medical school’s program."


Copies of court testimony, depositions and correspondence from U of L Medical School outlined the school’s involvement, the group said.


The document said EMW is staffed by U of L physicians, physicians who are hired by U of L partly to do abortions and are paid by the University for working at EMW, where they perform the abortions. One physician said explicitly that she was hired by the program to provide abortion services. She considered it part of her job and she thought it was part of her contract with the University.


Family Foundation said the school’s involvement is “very disturbing” and possibly illegal.


U of L President Neeli Bendapudi rejected the allegations that were being leveled and told the Courier Journal, “we comply, not just in this program, but in every program with all federal and state laws.”


Bendapudi said U of L and EMW are separate entities. She told the newspaper U of L “would absolutely welcome discussion with the attorney general in this matter.”


Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokesman for Cameron, said Wednesday that the attorney general is committed to enforcing the state’s laws, “which prohibit the use of public funds for abortions. We will review any information provided to determine whether a further inquiry is warranted.”

Family Foundation said 35 state lawmakers are joining them in asking for the investigation.

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