How one state could become the first with no abortion clinics


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 How one state could become the first with no abortion clinics

Dona Wells shows a model of the female reproductive system used in explaining abortion procedures.

Dona Wells vividly remembers when abortions were illegal. When women had little choice after their contraceptive failed.

When some took their chances on dangerous abortions performed by amateurs or even themselves.

That could become reality again in her home state of Kentucky.

"I think we've just come in a full circle," said Wells, who worked at Kentucky's first recognized abortion clinic in 1974 -- one year after Roe v. Wade legalized abortions nationwide.

Yet states across the country have added more restrictions on abortion access and clinics. And one by one, clinics have shut down under the weight of hefty regulations, threats to doctors' safety and violence.

In Kentucky, the only abortion clinic still standing is the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville -- co-founded by Wells in 1981.But the state is threatening to shut it down, claiming deficiencies in its licensing paperwork.

That would make Kentucky the first state with no abortion clinics.

Now, a federal district judge is considering whether the state's requirements are constitutional. And that decision could get appealed all the way up to the Supreme Court -- raising implications for women nationwide.

The showdown at Kentucky's last clinic

The sun is barely up this Saturday morning, and 24 women are heading to the EMW Women's Surgical Center for their abortions. They vary widely by age and race, arriving in cars ranging from clunkers to luxury vehicles.

As each woman speedwalks to the front of the clinic, she faces a gauntlet of protesters holding giant posters of aborted fetuses.

"Murder in the first degree!" one protester screams. Another pleads, "Honey, change your mind. Darling, you don't want to do this."

David Street drove more than two hours from Kentucky Mountain Bible College to confront the women with his sign: "Babies are murdered here."

By: CNN

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