U of L doctors suspend work at Louisville abortion clinic

EMW Women's Surgical Center on West Market St.

Two University of Louisville medical professors have suspended their work at the EMW Women’s Surgical Center, Kentucky’s only full-time abortion clinic, after questions were raised by lawmakers who oppose abortion.

The action follows a legislative hearing last month when lawmakers questioned Dr. Toni Ganzel, dean of the medical school, about the arrangement put in place to help train resident doctors in abortion procedures.

“If college funds are used for abortion,” said Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, “taxpayers should know about it, and the legislature should take that into account when we talk about funding college and other things.”

On Monday, U of L spokesman John Karman said in a brief statement that the university has “halted our residency training affiliation with EMW until we can determine the future of the relationship.”

He did not provide further details, except that U of L is “exploring various options” to ensure it meets the medical training requirements for residents to maintain academic accreditation for its OB/GYN program.

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