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Senate Bill 9 vetoed by Kentucky Gov. Beshear; AG says veto is “reprehensible”

by | Apr 27, 2020

By Kentucky Right to Life

Governor Andy Beshear used his Friday 5 PM briefing to veto SB 9.

The Courier-Journal reported online at about 6:30 PM, as well as in Saturday’s print newspaper:

Senate Bill 9 passed in the final hours of the 2020 General Assembly on April 15, also requires doctors to try to save any

Reacting,  Kentucky Right to Life Executive Director Margie Montgomery expressed “extreme disappointment.” She and thousands of pro-lifers had politely but firmly sent emails and petitions to the governor pleading with him to uphold the measure either by letting it go into effect without his signature or courageously signing it.

Senator Whitney Westerfield, chief sponsor of SB 9, last week predicted Beshear would veto the bill. He said Friday night that he is “supremely disappointed” with the veto.

“This governor once again demonstrated his hostility to unborn life,” said Westerfield. “If the Lord is willing, I will file this bill on the first day of the 2021 session.”

Polls across America consistently show upwards of 80% of the public support Born Alive protections.

Interestingly, in his veto declaration, Beshear didn’t mention the merged aspect of the bill that provided Attorney General Daniel Cameron with authority to investigate the state’s two abortion clinics.

Cameron called on the Beshear administration earlier to end abortion procedures in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement Friday night he called the veto “reprehensible.” Read the entire statement here.

Attorney General Cameron says Governor Beshear’s Veto of SB 9 is “reprehensible”

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 24, 2020) – Attorney General Cameron released the following statement today regarding Governor Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 9:

“Governor Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 9 is reprehensible.  The Governor, who claims to have everyday family values, vetoed a bill that would require babies born after failed abortions to receive live-saving medical care.

His veto is an affront to the people of Kentucky, whose elected representatives voted in a bipartisan manner for the bill.

It’s also disheartening that he would issue a veto against a bill that gives my office the authority to hold abortion clinics accountable to the law.  The people of Kentucky elected me to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth, and I had hoped that Governor Beshear would welcome having me as a partner with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in enforcing our health and safety laws, rather than rebuking the people’s wishes. 

While the Governor’s purported reason for vetoing the bill was to avoid creating unnecessary divisiveness during this health crisis, there is no more divisive action than to veto a bill that received support from both sides of the aisle and protects our most vulnerable.”

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