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Kentucky legislature passes prohibition on abortion at 15 weeks, await decision by pro-abortion governor whether he will veto

by | Mar 31, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Governor Andy Beshear’s veto period starts today. Should he veto HB3, the bill that protect unborn babies from abortion after 15 weeks, the Republican dominated legislature will have the opportunity to override that veto next month when the session returns for its final two days.

“The legislation, which resembled a restrictive Mississippi law that is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, folded together half a dozen bills that were introduced by Republicans in the state House and Senate,” The New York Times’ Maria Cramer reported.

There were other important provisions in HB3 including restrictions on chemical abortion. “Much of the debate Tuesday revolved around the proposed regulation of dispensing of abortion pills, requiring women to be examined in person by a doctor before receiving the medication,” according to the Associated Press’s Bruce Schreiner.

This “will ban at-home, pill-by-mail, do-it-yourself abortions,” said Sen. Ralph Alvarado, a physician, who handled the bill in the Senate. State action took on even greater urgency when the FDA, under President Biden, permanently eliminated a long-standing requirement that women pick up the medication in person. “HB 3 bans shipment to patients of such medication by mail or other carrier, “Deborah Yetter reported for the Louisville Courier Journal

And HB3 adds new restrictions on abortions for girls under 18.  HB3 also requires that “fetal remains be cremated or interred,” Reuters reported.

Cramer interviewed Addia Wuchner, the executive director of Kentucky Right to Life, “which helped draft the legislation.” Wuchner said she was very pleased to see the bill move forward.”

She said the legislation would establish “best practices for women’s health.”

Ms. Wuchner, a licensed registered nurse and a former Kentucky state representative, said the goal of the legislation is not to end abortion but “to make sure that women have access to all the health care they need.”

The 15 week ban strongly resembles the law passed last week by Arizona which Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law on Wednesday. 

“In Arizona, we know there is immeasurable value in every life – including preborn life,” said Gov. Ducey in a letter. “I believe it is each state’s responsibility to protect them.”

The governor went on to say, “This bill prohibits abortion after 15 weeks except in medical emergencies affecting the life and health of the mother. These times limitations are similar to legal time frame in the vast majority of the western world.”

He concluded, “This very issue is pending before the United States Supreme Court now in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. It has been said that a society should be judged by the way it cares for the vulnerable among us. In Arizona, we will continue to protect life to the greatest extent possible.”

The Kentucky House passed House Bill 3 in a 74-19 vote. The Senate earlier Tuesday had voted 29 to 0 to pass the legislation and had amended the bill to include a 15-week ban. One Democrat voted in favor. The other seven walked out in protest. 

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