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Kentucky House passes proposed amendment to clarify state constitution does not contain a right to abortion or its funding

by | Mar 20, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

Last week the Kentucky House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HB 67, the first step in placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot to specifically say the state constitution does not contain a “right” to abortion nor funding thereof. The vote was 71-21. 

If three-fifths of the Senate approves HB 67, “the proposed constitutional amendment would be approved or rejected by voters in a state referendum this fall,” the Louisville Courier-Journal’s

Joe Sonka reported.

“To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion,” the amendment proposed in House Bill 67 states. 

As always, pro-abortionists shouted “foul.” But as Kentucky Right to Life noted,

Some testimonies of pro-abortion women were not heard ‘in committee’ when HB67 was considered. This was due to time restrictions and many legislative issues on the docket. However, when HB67 landed on the House Floor for a vote, those testimonies were read in full by Democrat Representatives, including Mary Lou Marzian, Lisa Willner, Jeffery Donohue, Josie Raymond, Joni Jenkins and Reginald Meeks, all who are representatives from Jefferson County.

Sonka added, “The chamber also passed House Bill 451 by a 70-23 vote on Tuesday, which would expand the power of Kentucky’s attorney general to regulate abortion facilities, including bringing civil or criminal penalties for violations.” 

According to the Courier-Journal story 

Current state law limits the attorney general’s power to take enforcement action against abortion clinics without authorization from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which licenses and inspects such facilities. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear is a supporter of a woman’s right to an abortion.

Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron is very pro-life.

Earlier this week, Kentucky Right to Life posted a story headlined, “Help STOP disinformation about HB67!” []. It is a point-by-point rebuttal of various deceitful and distorted criticisms of the proposed amendments.

Categories: Legislation