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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center

Oct 12, 2021 | 2021 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

Court to Decide if AG Cameron Can Defend Kentucky’s Pro-Life Law

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case involving the right of Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, to defend a pro-life law that passed in 2018.

The law was struck down by an appellate court but the current governor, Democrat Andy Beshear, is pro-abortion and refused to defend the law. At issue before the High Court in Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center is whether AG Cameron can defend the law when no other state officer will do so.

Following the oral arguments, Attorney General Daniel Cameron stated:

Across the nation, states recognize the important role they have in protecting life and preserving the ethics of the medical profession. Kentucky is no exception, and the overwhelmingly passage of our law banning live dismemberment abortions signifies the commitment of Kentuckians to extend dignity and compassion to the unborn. When laws like this are challenged in court, they must be defended. My team was honored to argue before our nation’s highest court for the ability to continue defending this important law and to ensure that a state’s chosen representative can always defend its pro-life laws.

“Attorney General Daniel Cameron, as the state’s highest-ranking attorney, should have the right to defend a legitimate state law regardless of the actions of other state officers,” stated Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “The legislature of Kentucky, elected by the people of Kentucky, passed the law to prevent the horrific deaths of unborn babies by dismemberment abortions.”

Kentucky’s H.B. 454, “The 2018 Human Rights of the Child Act,” prohibits live dismemberment abortions that “will result in the bodily dismemberment, crushing, or human vivisection of the unborn child” when the unborn child is 11 weeks or older.

“As the author and sponsor of H.B. 454, I am proud of the men and women I served with in the KY General Assembly, and especially those 106 of the 138 members who boldly voted in 2018 to put an end to this particularly gruesome form of abortion that extinguishes the life of an unborn child,” said Addia K. Wuchner, Executive Director, Kentucky Right to Life and former State Representative Boone Co, Kentucky. “Attorney General Cameron, vowed from day one to defend the laws of our Commonwealth and he has not wavered in his promise.”

A ruling in the case is not expected until the summer of 2022.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of affiliates in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.




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