For Immediate Release: August 6, 2019
Meg Wittman, Executive Director
Contact: 513-728-7870
Cincinnati, OH

On Thursday, August 8th, dozens of individuals and multiple organizations will gather outside the Potter Stewart Courthouse while Judges of the Sixth District Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in EMW Women’s Surgical Center, et al. v. Adam Meier, et al.

WHAT: Oral arguments and press conference

WHEN: 9:00 AM EDT Thursday, August 8th (Arrival Time to gather with pro-life group is 8:00 to 8:30 AM EDT)

WHERE: US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, 100 East 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio (Courtroom 636)
  • We will begin by being present in the courtroom.
  • Oral arguments begin at 9:00 AM and are expected to last 30 minutes.
  • Organizers will be present with stickers to wear in the courtroom and with signs for the press conference.
  • Immediately following the “hearing” a press conference will be held outside.

WHO: This case could impact abortion facilities and the health of women in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan which rest under the 6th Circuit Court jurisdiction.

CASE: 18-6161 EMW Women’s Surgical Center, et al. V. Adam Meier, et al Defendants appeal the judgment and permanent injunction enjoining enforcement of a state statute and regulation requiring abortion facilities to maintain transfer agreements with local hospitals and ambulance services and the grant of intervention to the Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc.

QUESTIONS? Contact Meg Wittman at 513-316-3682


Defendants are appealing a lower court decision to overturn a 1998 statute in the state of Kentucky which mandates that licensed ambulatory surgical centers have a transfer agreement with a local hospital. Multiple organizations, including Cincinnati Right to Life, Students for Life, Women’s Health Protection Project, and the Family Foundation will speak out in support of equity and basic standards of care for all women.

EMW Women’s Medical Center is the last remaining abortion facility in the state of Kentucky. When their license was threatened by the state due to issues with their hospital transfer agreement, the abortion facility took to the courts. In September 2018, U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers sided with EMW Women’s Surgical Center, striking down the 1998 law. The state of Kentucky has appealed this decision and oral arguments will take place on August 8th.